“Your precious children are STILL unprotected online!” says internet security company. Again.

Internet security news from the Daily Mail now, with the revelation that kids online get access to things they shouldn’t:

Internet porn is seen by a tenth of children by the age of 10: Third have also seen violent scenes while online

More than 10 per cent of children have seen hardcore pornography on the internet by the age of just 10, research has found.

Shocking statistics by researchers at cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, found that 11 per cent of 10-year-olds had been exposed to porn on a device in their homes, either a mobile phone, tablet or home computer.

Source: Daily Mail, 10th February 2017

I would highlight what’s wrong with the stats in this research, and I’d highlight that it’s commissioned by an internet security firm (Kaspersky Labs) who have a vested interest in scaremonger, and I would point out that the lack of valid research methodology utterly undermines any finding you could draw from this data… except, I already did all of that, back in October.

Back then, it was a story in the Daily Mail about a survey of 1,000 kids aged 10-15, 11% of whom had seen pornography and 28% of whom had seen violence online. In fact, as far as I can tell, it’s precisely the same story. Which raises two possibilities:

  1. The Daily Mail ran the same press release from Kaspersky Labs twice, five months apart
  2. Kaspersky Labs released the same press release (or at least the same data) twice, five months apart

Either way, Kaspersky Labs got a double hit out of their data, and parents got a double-dose of scaremongering.