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Children and teens unlikely to stumble upon web porn

The Local · 7 Dec 2010, 11:32

Published: 07 Dec 2010 11:32 GMT+01:00

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The massive survey of European children’s internet use and the risks posed by it, presented Tuesday in Berlin, found that German children are much less likely to be exposed to negative content than their peers in most neighbouring countries.

No other EU country had such a low figure as Germany’s five percent when it came to accidental exposure to web porn, said Uwe Hasebrink, head of the Hans Bredow Institute, which co-authored the study, “EU Kids Online,” with the State Centre for Media and Communication in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The institutes surveyed 23,000 youngsters aged nine to 16, along with one of their parents, in 25 countries. It was the first Europe-wide survey of internet use by German children and teens.

The countries where children most commonly came across sexual content by accident on the web were Estonia with 30 percent and the Czech Republic with 29 percent.

According to the surprise result, only eight percent of children in Germany had had “bad experiences” on the internet, Hasebrink said. That was substantially lower than the 12 percent recorded across Europe.

The results showed was no need for parents to panic about the content to which their children may be exposed, he said.

“If you regard the internet only as a danger zone, you’re not doing children any favours,” he said. “The internet is one of the most powerful communications instruments that we have.”

One reason for the relatively low danger for German children is that they simply use the internet less than many of their European peers.

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“German children use the internet more seldom and less diversely,” Hasebrink has said previously. “This makes them less exposed, but they also make only restricted use of the opportunities the internet offers.”

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13:45 December 7, 2010 by ron1amr
I remember when I was about 13 I saw a dog stuck to another dog. They both were in opposite directions of each other. They both were walking the other way but couldn't go the direction they wanted. I thought it was kind of funny. I knew the dogs had sex and wondered why they would still be stuck. The thing is I don't think it is a big deal if children see porn on the internet. The truth is children at some stage may have seen porn on the computer but said nothing in front of their parents. It is not damaging and it will not corrupt their minds. When they are older they will understand more and things will piece together. Its all about the learning curb.
14:14 December 7, 2010 by Clapoti
It's awesome... it's kind of a pathetic conclusion... kids in German are not exposed as much to porn as kids from other countries... because they are behind other countries in terms of the usage of technology... way to go :P
14:36 December 7, 2010 by moistvelvet
"According to the surprise result, only eight percent of children in Germany had had ¦quot;bad experiences¦quot; on the internet"

Which is surprising because when I was a child the access to pornography I had was positive, actually learned some of my best moves!


"Children and teens unlikely to stumble upon web porn"

Of course they are if they know where to go or use google.


"The institutes surveyed 23,000 youngsters aged nine to 16, along with one of their parents"

What is surprising is that 8% admitted infront of their parents that they like to search these sites whilst wearing moms stockings, at that age I'd never admit to searching those sites :-o


"German parents need not panic about their children being exposed to internet pornography"

No they should rather be more worried about the local Catholic priest or heaven forbid Google's Street View offering an insight to someone's admiration for Austrian basement conversion.
15:05 December 7, 2010 by jbaker
The Internet is a Pervert's Delight! The porn pops up at you even in most News Web Sights or in their advertising.The kids are exposed to more Porn from Kids they go to School with and are told what to type into their search engines when they get home.

Our 12 year pulled this on us a couple of weeks ago. I found it by regularly looking at my Internet History page. This was one of the few times that we let him use the internet for other than homework(Yes, His teachers require him to use the internet for some homework- It can be difficult since we have Dial-Up Slowski Service.).
15:18 December 7, 2010 by auslanderus
It just means that there are 23,000 kids lying to there parents. Be real, they know more than a lot adults and how to find it o the net.
20:55 December 7, 2010 by ngwanem
they don't need the internet... tv and cinema are "better" althernatives
12:28 December 9, 2010 by raandy
I would like to see the questions that were asked. Great if German children have no interest in non academic themes on the internet,like porn.They should have asked a control

question ,,like "do you still believe in the Weihnachtsmann??
17:53 December 9, 2010 by mixxim
There has not been anything about our great Church leaders in the last couple of days. This causes boring comments!
12:51 December 11, 2010 by maxbrando
The mouse in the photo is gigantic!
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