Prince George, twerking, Breaking Bad and the false widow spider were among the terms most searched for on Yahoo! this year.
The search engines have stepped up to the plate - their reforms will help remove video child abuse content more quickly and comprehensively.
Every household in the UK is to have pornography blocked automatically unless they choose otherwise, under plans announced today.
Western governments need to restore public trust in the internet following revelations of online surveillance made by former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden, according to Microsoft.
The technology company's vice president Brad Smith said:
– Brad Smith
We obviously all want to live in a secure world but we all want to live in a world as well where security is balanced with personal freedom and privacy.
We recognise that information technology is a powerful tool for individuals but people won't use technology they don't trust. In our view governments have put that trust at risk. Governments need to help restore it.
Google says that intelligence gathering techniques used by the US and other governments are putting web users' online security at risk.
The online giant's senior vice president Ken Walker said: "We have invested so much in encryption and the fight for transparency around government requests for information.
"That's undermined when you have wholesale collection of data done in secret without independent oversight by many governments around the world," Walker told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Eight of the world's largest technology firms are to publish an open letter to US President Barack Obama today calling for greater regulation of online data collection by intelligence agencies, the Guardian reports.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and AOL have all thrown their weight behind a package of reforms being debated in Congress.
They warn that the ongoing disclosures by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden risk undermining public "trust in the internet," the Guardian reports.
"The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of the individual – rights that are enshrined in our constitution,” the letter reportedly says.
David Cameron has said families in the UK are just "one click away" from protecting their children online and implementing web filters.
Hundreds of thousands of homes have been given a whole home family friendly internet filter just months after the Prime Minister signed up Internet Service Providers (ISP) to do more to help parents keep their children safe online.
"I made a promise in July that I would take action to help parents protect their children when online at home and we are now delivering on that promise," the Conservative leader said.
"In the weeks and months ahead, millions of hard working families will only need one click to protect their whole home and to keep their children safe.
"And when someone sets up a new broadband account, the settings to install family friendly filters will be automatically selected and it will only be switched off parent choses to do so."
The Prime Minister will host a key meeting with the Internet Service Providers and wider internet industry on Monday in Downing Street.
Under new measures to protect child safety on the internet agreed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), a £25m internet safety campaign will be carried out over a three-year period.
The campaign will help advise millions of parents on how best to protection their children and use the filters.
Here is a guideline of some of the introduced measures:
- Computer skills training for adults and ISPs to work with children on internet awareness and how best to stay safe.
- ISPs to act as a point of contact for people.
- The six largest public Wi-Fi providers across the UK: Arquiva, BT, Sky, Nomad, Virgin Media and 02, covering 90% of the market, have confirmed they have switched on family friendly filters in all areas where children might access the internet.
New child protection internet filters are to be always kept on in hundreds of thousands of UK homes under new guidelines to help parents keep their children safe online.
David Cameron called for more measures to be put in place on the World Wide Web earlier this year and reached an agreement with Internet Service Providers (ISP).
This week, Sky joined Talk Talk by installing family friendly filters that will be automatically switched on for all new broadband account holders, and the remaining two of the 'big four', Virgin and BT, have confirmed they will follow suit in less than two months.
It is expected the providers will confirm to the Prime Minister next week that 95 per cent of all homes in Britain with an existing internet connection - will be required to choose whether to switch on a whole home family friendly internet filter by the end of next year.
The announcement comes ahead of a summit of Internet service providers in Downing Street on Monday.
Europe's aviation safety authority (EASA) has opened the door for smartphones, tablets and other gadgets to be used on take-off and landing.
Currently they can only be used once the aircraft is in the air.
Under new guidance due to be issued later this month, users would have to keep their devices set to 'airplane mode' to stop radio signals being emitted.
The United States brought in similar rules last month.
In a separate move the European Commission said it is allowing 3G and 4G use above 3,000 metres meaning people will be able to surf the web and send email.
British and US intelligence agencies have been secretly unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe, according to the Guardian.
The claims are based on documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart GCHQ that were leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Guardian reports that the agencies have bypassed or altogether cracked much of the digital encryption used by businesses and everyday web users.
This work reportedly included working with unnamed technology companies to insert "back doors" into commercial encryption software.
One NSA briefing document from 2010 is cited as saying: "For the past decade, NSA has led an aggressive, multipronged effort to break widely used Internet encryption technologies."