There is an interesting article over at churchrelevance.com about the most popular words searched by teens. This is good insight for youth workers.
Here’s what they deemed as “bad” in the top 100:
BAD SEARCHES FROM THE TOP 100
by boys and girls (ages 18 & under)
#4 – Sex (#4 for boys & #5 for girls)
#5 – Porn (#5 for boys & #24 for girls)
#32 – Boobs (#17 for boys)
#82 – Pussy
Here’s a little of what they found:
You can learn a lot about someone by what they search for online. These top search results paint a pretty clear psychographic picture of the priorities, preferences, and habits of online youth.
Kids and teens are obviously learning and experimenting with adult content much sooner than many parents, kids’ ministries, and youth ministries realize. As Time magazine reported early this month, 40% of adolescents have intercourse before ever talking to their parents about safe sex, birth control, or sexually transmitted diseases. Parents often dread giving their kids the sex talk(s), but studies show that kids want to learn from their parents. Instead, many kids learn about sex through friends, the Internet, and experimentation.
I find it really ironic that in the top 100 is a search on how to disable one of the more popular internet filters that many parents use thinking they are protecting their kids.
Read the article: Top 100 Kids’ Online Search Words for 2009
Original research from: OnlineFamily.Norton