Web content 'disturbing children'
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the US has launched a new initiative to encourage children to share their problems online and report abusive behaviour. Recent research by the charity found that over half of the 2,000 respondents to a survey go online to seek advice from friends when dealing with personal problems.
Three out of four children have seen images on the internet that disturbed them, an NSPCC poll suggests.
The charity is renewing its call for computer manufacturers and retailers to install security to stop children finding violent or sexual content.
The NSPCC, which polled visitors to its children's website There4me.com, said it was "alarmed" by the accessibility of potentially disturbing material.
Some 377 of 497 votes cast claimed to have been disturbed by internet images.
One child posted a comment on a There4me message board saying: "I've seen violent images I didn't search for. I was freaked out."
Wtih the increasing popularity of tools like Facebook, myspace online social networking becoming part of millions of children's lives. And experts are harping on the need for safer online content.