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Study Shows Children Accessing Porn At Age Six, Internet Flirting at Age Eight

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A study has revealed the Internet habits of young children, and the results are startling. 

The study found that many children start watching porn on the Internet at the age of six, and will begin "flirting" online when they are eight.

The study involved a survey of more than 19,000 parents. They compiled data about what sites the parents choose to block and those which the children have access to regularly.

They also found that about a quarter of children had at least one social network account, like Facebook, by the time they were 12 years old, and that they likely lie about their age when they create the profiles.

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Around two percent of computer addicts were five years old and 17 percent were social media users by the time they were ten.

This shows a dramatic increase in the amount of children playing computer games and interacting on instant messaging services compared to a few years ago.

Bitdefender developed the study, which is a company that creates popular antivirus software.

Bitdefender also found that gaming, hacking and "hate" websites are Internet destinations many children visit. 

"Kids nowadays are acting like young adults online," Bitdefender Chief Security Strategist Catalin Cosoi said. "Just give them an Internet-connected device, and they will find a way to things parents would like to ban forever."

Jo Webber, CEO of kid website Virtual Piggy, said, "Kids lie about their age to get access to something they want to explore, in this case a social network. It's no different than my generation lying about age to get cigarettes or into a bar."

Sources: Daily Mail, USA Today