They must mean the <i>other</i> internet

Nearly six in 10 children in Britain, some as young as nine, are being exposed to pornography mostly as a result of viewing explicit websites accidentally, an expert warned today.

Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics, said there was “no evidence” that filtering and blocking software was working, partly because parents often had no idea how to use it.

But there were signs that parents were increasingly alert to the dangers of the internet.

Her comments coincide with the launch of an European-wide research project, based at the LSE, examining the dangers posed to children.

The project, EU Kids Online, brings together the results of EU-wide data enabling people across Europe to see how their children and internet use compares with others.

Prof Livingstone, director of EU Kids Online, said: “There is a growing body of research showing that the internet can be risky for children and teenagers, though it also has lots of benefits.

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These kinds of data always astound me. It makes me wonder, are these people and I using the same internet? I've been using teh intarweb since 1996, and I've never really found accidental exposure to pornography to be a problem. Get your minds out of the gutter; I don't mean I was always pleased to see it, I mean I never really saw it on sites that weren't already made for adults, like software crack sites. Can someone else weigh in on this?

Also, minor point: this Livingstone is the director of this interest group, and her statements are quoted as news? Next headline: "Homosexuals Destroying the Civilized World, expert James Dobson warns"

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