95% of kids have accessed porn online

12% have even uninstalled parental control software

More than nine in ten (95%) of parents are aware their children have accessed pornography on the web, usually during homework time, says BitDefender.

A survey of 1,570 parents by the security firm revealed the average age of a child to start using the internet to search for adult content is 11 years, and 97% of the parents surveyed said they had installed parental controls software on a PC the child uses. However, 12% admitted their child has successfully uninstalled or unlocked the software.

Furthermore, nearly two thirds (62%) of adults admitted they had searched for and accessed adult content on the web themselves, while 87% said they would allow children over 19 to surf the web for sexual content.

"One of the most interesting findings from this study is related to parental control. Even if the parents understood the necessity of such a piece of software and the need to monitor their teenagers' activity on social networks and on the internet in general, children will always find a way to access adult content," said Sabina Datcu, BitDefender E-Threats Analysis and Communication Specialist.

"BitDefender believes this sends a clear message to parents - it's more important than ever to take steps to protect children from exposure to sexually explicit materials found on the internet."

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See also: Parental control software fails on Web 2.0 sites

This story, "95% of kids have accessed porn online" was originally published by PC Advisor (UK).

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