Nearly all parents catch kids surfing for porn

A new survey claims to show that 95 per cent of parents have caught their children accessing Internet pornography, normally when they're supposed to be doing their homework.

The survey commissioned by web security outfit BitDefender is based on interviews with 1,570 parents from five different countries and suggests the average age of a child starting to look for adult content on the web is just over 11 years old.

The study also found that while 97 per cent of respondents used parental control software to block access to adult websites, 12 per cent of the teenage sons or daughters succeeded in un-installing or unlocking this software.

Some 62 per cent of the adults asked admitted that they themselves had perused porn, while 87 per cent said they would allow their children to look for sexually explicit materials if they were 19 years old or older.