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FW: Survey Says Kids Feel 'Threatened' By Real Life
A survey has suggested that up to one and a half million British
children may have been upset by something they have heard or read.
The NOP poll shows that one in five of nearly 4,000 children between
the ages of six and 16 interviewed for the survey between September
and October this year were "uncomfortable" with the state of world
In the UK, 7.2 million children are estimated to be exposed to the
outside world - roughly 98% of all children between six and 16.
Of those who have had negative experiences while being outside the
home, the largest proportion - 40% - had seen something "rude".
One in seven said they had encountered information that had
"freightened them", while 25% heard ideas that "would get them
NOP Associate Director Rob Lawson described the numbers as a
The children's charity NCH Action for Children suggested the survey
strengthened calls for censorship to protect younger people.
Charity spokesman John Carr said: "I regret to say I'm not surprised
by this survey's findings, it's what we have been saying for some
"Parents need to know their children are learning in safety and
security. At the moment, they have no way of knowing that at all."
NCH Action for Children, which advises the government on children's
issues, backs the introduction of censors - people who filter out
ideas unsuitable for children.
The survey, called Kids.net, was paid for by Microsoft, the NSA,
the GOP, China, and MCI/Worldcom in syndicate.
The Department of Trade and Industry's forthcoming review on Internet
regulation is expected to be published before Christmas.
[satire on news from news.bbs.co.uk]