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The Most Popular Search Queries Used By Kids

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This is my usual introduction to one of these “most popular” posts:

As regular readers know, I’ve been posting “most popular” lists of websites that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Today, I’d like to share the most popular search search queries used by kids.  Though I’m not quite sure how they figured them out (Richard Byrne was kind enough to share an explanation in the comments on this post), Online Family Norton has a list of the top 100.

Here are the top 20 on their list (you need to go to their site to get the rest):

# 1. YouTube
# 2. Google
# 3. Facebook
# 4. Sex
# 5. MySpace
# 6. Porn
# 7. Yahoo
# 8. Michael Jackson
# 9. Fred (A popular fictional character whose YouTube channel has become a hit among kids.)
# 10. eBay
# 11. You Tube
# 12.
# 13. Gmail
# 14. Wikipedia
# 15. Miley Cyrus (Singer and star of the Disney Channel’s hit series “Hannah Montana.”)
# 16. Webkinz (Toy stuffed animal that comes with a secret code, allowing kids access to the Webkinz World website.)
# 17. Games
# 18. Miniclip (Website with a variety of free online games.)
# 19. Taylor Swift (Country-pop singer)
# 20. Hotmail

Thanks to Read Write Web for the tip.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. Larry,
    This is explanation offered by Norton.

    “Between February 2009 and July 2009, Symantec tracked a total of 3.5 million searches that were submitted by users of their OnlineFamily.Norton service. The list of search terms was ranked from those submitted most frequently to those submitted the least. In order to be included in the list of kids’ top search terms, a search term had to have been submitted at least 50 times by registered users of OnlineFamily.Norton.”


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