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it's berludy disgusting.

Amy has taken to looking things up on the internet, mainly just looking through Amazon and looking at Disney Princess pictures. She's found YouTube and realised she can listen to some of the Disney songs which she really enjoys doing, singing along.

However, I left her to it for 10 minutes while I sat in the room next door watching telly. Deciding to check on her (I thought she was eating my chocolate in my secret drawer!) I had a quick look at what she was doing. She was just about to start watching a video of Disney Princesses in a lesbian embrace in a hot tub. I took the mouse and got rid of it quick then noticed there are a few other extremely rude videos of Disney Princesses, one actually giving birth naked. I'm sorry, but I know it's life but this is tempting kids to look at porn, is it not?

I'm currently in shock and have had to tell her I'm switching the pc off. What is the meaning of putting revolting videos like this in amongst genuine children's entertainment.

CJ xx

Posted at 11th Mar 2009 - 08:17PM   Posted by Crystal Jigsaw   Prude or no prude... Comments: 9

Mandahill's Avatar Oh dear. If she's getting to these through Google, I'd recommend turning on the SafeSearch feature. On a Google search results page, click on the 'Preferences' link next to the search box. Then you can change the SafeSearch option to one of these:

Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images)
Use moderate filtering (Filter explicit images only - default behavior)

I've got the latter setting on my PC and I couldn't find any lesbian princesses. Not that I WANTED to, you understand...


Posted by: Mandahill on 11th Mar 2009 at 08:38PM

Faith's Avatar Oh dear CJ, that is a great shame that Amy stumbled on this, but hardly surprising. Apparently - according to Psychologies mag and I don't know where they get their figures from - 50% of all internet traffic is related to sex and pornography sites. That makes you think doesnt it - 50%. There are 400 million pages of porn on the internet!

Also 90% of children have viewed porn online (mostly while doing homework) and the average age for a first time view is 11.

Amy is very young still and no doubt won't be hurt by what she saw as you were so quick, and at least now you can adjust your pc as Manda suggests.

Hugs xx

Posted by: Faith on 11th Mar 2009 at 09:07PM

Westerwitch's Avatar You know I would say it is a shame that the minority always spoil it for the majority - but porn seems to be very big business - I have never accidentally come across anything pornographic - but do get some pretty awful porn emails - although all of these I have reported and they have stopped.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 11th Mar 2009 at 09:14PM

Patsy's Avatar Quite alarming Crystal. We parents have to be really vigilant about what the children are viewing. I insist my boys use their computer in the kitchen not isolated in their bedrooms.
Thanks Manda for the info about filtering, I really out to know more about this.

Posted by: Patsy on 11th Mar 2009 at 09:21PM

Suffolkmum's Avatar You could also put a parental control on your browser? We did that and it automatically blocks anything unsuitable. I still get tons of emails though - I'm clearly on someone's Viagra mailing list.

Posted by: Suffolkmum on 11th Mar 2009 at 09:53PM

Patsy's Avatar I had that trouble on work computers Suffolkmum, literally hundreds of emails a week about little blue pills and their effects..Rolling Eyes. We got in touch with our ISP provider and demanded they filtered them..and it all stopped!

Posted by: Patsy on 11th Mar 2009 at 11:44PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Thanks, Manda, for this really good advice. I'll set to work doing that before she gets home.

And thank you to you all for your replies.

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 12th Mar 2009 at 09:04AM

Boudicca23's Avatar Stephen Fry made a very good point, I feel, about 'undesirable' sites on the internet:

"This is an early thing I said about the internet at the time things like AOL were still huge. I said it's Milton Keynes, that's the problem with it. It's got all these nice, safe cycle paths and child-friendly parks and all the rest of it.

But the internet is a city and, like any great city, it has monumental libraries and theatres and museums and places in which you can learn and pick up information and there are facilities for you that are astounding - specialised museums, not just general ones.

But there are also slums and there are red light districts and there are really sleazy areas where you wouldn't want your children wandering alone.

And you say, "But how do I know which shops are selling good gear in the city and how do I know which are bad? How do I know which streets are safe and how do I know which aren't?" Well you find out.

What you don't need is a huge authority or a series of identity cards and police escorts to take you round the city because you can't be trusted to do it yourself or for your children to do it.

And I think people must understand that about the internet - it is a new city, it's a virtual city and there will be parts of it of course that they dislike, but you don't pull down London because it's got a red light district."

I thought the idea of the internet being a giant city was really interesting. And, yes CJ, have a look at the search filters - I don't use them because I have no kids but my childed friends swear by them.

Posted by: Boudicca23 on 12th Mar 2009 at 10:06AM

Milla's Avatar Good comment, Bou!
we have parental controls - frankly a bit of a bore endlessly typing in passwords, but has to be done, it's just that I can't work out how to eliminate ads so the pop up thing asking for the password is pinging into action alll the time. The trouble i found with youtube wasn't with the images, although I admit to not having had any lesbian princess interaction, but the comments! T12 was looking on something quite prosaic with his 7 yr old cousin and the comments left by oafish morons were really disturbing. I need to work out the filtering Mandahill is talking about.

Posted by: Milla on 12th Mar 2009 at 12:01PM

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