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Not porn, kids looking for drugs and alcohol on the internet

A new study has shown that children are taking to internet to look for drugs and alcohol, not so much porn.

sex and relationships Updated: Jun 27, 2017 16:50 IST
Parents have reasons to be worried as new study shows kids are searching for drugs and alcohol online.
Parents have reasons to be worried as new study shows kids are searching for drugs and alcohol online.(iStock)

Children globally now communicate, play and access adult content via internet less than they did a year ago and search for websites with information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco more, a new report said on Monday.

According to Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, children opened communication websites such as social media, messengers or emails in 61% of cases, compared to 67% in the previous 12 months (May 2015 to April 2016).

“Games have fallen to 9% from 11% and adult websites now account for 1.2% instead of 1.5%,” the report found.

Meanwhile, visits to pages containing information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco now account for 14% of detections, though the figure was only nine per cent during the previous reporting period.

Children now only use computers to visit websites that have no mobile app equivalent or that are easier to view on larger screens.

“This may explain why the share of communication websites opened on computers is falling while the proportion of pages with ‘Alcohol, tobacco, narcotics’ content is growing,” said Anna Larkina, Web-content Analysis Expert at Kaspersky Lab.

Monitor your child’s internet usage -- not just for porn-viewing activities, but also searching for drugs online. (HT/Photo)

The decrease in the share of games doesn’t mean children are playing computer games less; they tend to choose a few sites and stick to them, but can spend a lot of time playing them.

The report also stated that the chattiest children live in the Arab world where 89% of detections were related to communication websites. North American kids use computers for this purpose least of all -- just 28% of cases.

“Sites about narcotics, alcohol and tobacco are most popular in North America (32%), Oceania (30%) and Western Europe (26%), while children from the Arab world are least likely to open these sites -- just 3% of cases,” the report noted.

The computer games category is most popular in North America (20%), Oceania (20%), Western Europe (18%) and least popular in the Arab world (2%).

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