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Sex and porn are among top ten online searches by kids

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - "Sex" and "porn" are among the top ten words kids are using on internet search engines, according to The Online Service.

The Online Service tracked searches over the past six months and lists the top 100 search terms that children use.  Miley Cyrus, twitter, and sex all made the list.

Terry Lee said he watches his 7-year-old daughter closely when she plays online.

"Once she was looking for Dora the Explorer to find a Dora the Explorer episode and ended up at YouTube," said Lee.  "It was the actual cartoon, but the audio was inappropriate."

Lee knows he is not alone.  A new study by Web Security Service shows that "YouTube" is the site children search for the most, beating out "games," "Webkinz," and "Hannah Montana."

"Google" came in 2nd on the list, followed by "Facebook" and then "sex."  The term "porn" fell at number 6.

"Parents should be very open and honest and being an 'askable' parent and want to approach their kids and try to be the educators for the kids, so their kids don't have to go to the internet," said Geoff Zuckerman with the Wilmington Health Access for Teens.

Zuckerman said having "the talk" can be easier if being online becomes a family activity.  That way, if an inappropriate website pops up, you can address it immediately.

"You need to talk to your kids and tell them that there are things that are adult content only on the internet that you would rather that they wait a while before they explore those things," said grandmother Majorie Owensby.

Owensby moved the computer into a family space. When kids know their online activity is being monitored, they are less likely to search for explicit material.

"We check the laptop every evening, just to make sure she's not going to inappropriate sites," said Lee.

Another way to avoid the problem is to talk to your kids about what websites they can visit and then bookmark them so they're easy to find.  That way no search engines will be necessary.

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