Updated 11 June 2003, 11.45
Pretty much everyone who has an e-mail address has had spam at some point.
All those annoying, unwanted adverts for gambling, healthcare and loans are bad enough, but a new report shows that 80% of kids have had inappropriate adult spam.
The report by Symantec, the anti-virus people, shows that this sort of e-mail offends you and makes you feel uncomfortable.
Are you plagued by spam? What do you do to stop the flood?
I used to get loads of spam, but I've started blocking them, so I'm beginning to get less.
Freya, 11, Bristol
I keep getting annoying forwards and stuff that is not worth reading. Loads of rubbish E-mails with tons of attatchments from people who have forwarded them. I know who sends them to me, but she won't stop it. Just delete them - they're not worth it!
Katherine, 11, Cirencester
Our family e-mail address has somehow been given away, so every day we get about 20 e-mails advertising loans, offers, prizes, and a lot more stuff I'd rather not mention!
Ros, 12, Cheltenham
I get lots of spam messages! I check my e-mails every day, and yesterday I had 20 new e-mails and today I had 14. Some of it is really inappropriate, and should only be sent to adults! I also get lots of chain messages, and they seriously confuse me!
Hannah, 11, Loughborough
I get around 30 to 40 spam email a day and it gets extremely annoying. They advertise things that have no relevance to me whatsoever! Usually they have an unsubscribing link at the bottom though but it sometimes doesn't work!
All the email in my inbox is nearly always spam. I don't look at it - I just delete it straight away. It's a waste of time.
Vicki, 12, Chipping Norton
I'm only allowed a certain amount of time on the net and with all the chain letters and advertisements it takes me ages to get through them all, and sometimes I don't even get to read the stuff I want to.
Claire, 13, Ireland
I get 20 or more spam mails a day. At first I blocked them, but more and more kept coming with a slightly different address each time, so now I just delete them all a.s.a.p. never open a suspicious looking email - it could even have a virus in it!
Natalie, 14, Lincoln
I always get loads of chain letters, and they are so ANNOYING! I've never had any horrible spam so I'm glad about that! I just wish I didn't get so many chain letters!
Dawn, 12, Erskine
When we first got broadband, my dad was setting it all up. He put me down as a 'Student'. The next day I got 200 e-mails, asking if I wanted £200, or whether I needed help with university! It took ages to delete them all!
Kate, 12, Aylesbury
I get spam all the time! I found I had 51 new messages today! I used up 13% in one day! I normally delete/block, but some of my e-mails are big, and are delivered into my spam!
Mairi, 11, Aberdeen
I don't understand how these companies get my e-mail, and they always seem to be creating new e-mail addresses when you block theirs. Only a few friends have my e-mail, so how do they get junk sent to me?
Aly, 14, Perth
I get loads of spam, I just block the address and delete it, and thankfully I've never got any adult material!
Hannah, 12, Leicester
I hate spam. it's really annoying. Luckily I get hardly anything. but when I stop using my email address and go back to check any emails that have been sent there, it's full of spam!!!!! Argh!!! I just delete it without opening it though.
Natalie, 14, UK
Spam filters are pretty good - but what I hate is when the advertisers change their name to look like a friend, so you will open it. They have names like Jenny Jones to make you think you know them. It's sick.
Elizabeth, 12, Ipswich
It's awful, there are just so many! Why would I want to learn about cheap mortgages?!?! I'm 12 for goodness sake!!!
Emily, 12, London
I get loads of chain mails, some saying this young girl needs a heart and the more you send the more we can raise. I feel soo guilty even though I know it is not true.
Kim, 14, Maghull
On one email add I got REALLY inappropriate stuff which makes me feel sick. And on my other, it's just junk. dodgy titles and they're usually like "free screensavers." ARGH....
Mike, 12, Whitley Bay
I get all this Spam rubbish like "Send this on or you will have a bad love life for seven years". My mate once got one that said you must send this on or you will die - she's watched The Gift and Sleepy Hollow, and never been freaked out, in her entire life, but that e-mail did.
I got so much spam in one email account I had to change my email!
Christa, 14, Canada
When I was younger, I used my e-mail to sign up for tons of different websites. I get about 10 new emails a day, and that is with spam-control and filters on.
Rachel, 14, NYC, USA
I have quite a few sent to me at times and it's really annoying but luckily my e-mail account sort them out and puts them in the 'junk mail' section for me. So I don't even have to look at them!
I keep getting nasty letters about things you don't want to know about. I blocked off half of the sites, but they still keep coming in as if it were water in a hot spring!
Arna, 13, Holland
I got a really nasty spam the other day, it was about animal cruelty and made me feel sick. I wish these people would stop sending this stuff!
Kerry, 13, Brighton
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