Baroness Benjamin: internet porn is leading children on an ‘unstoppable march into a moral wasteland’

Former children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin has warned of an ‘epidemic’ of violent online porn, which is leading youngsters on a ‘seemingly unstoppable march into a moral wasteland’. This is from the Daily Mail… 

Baroness Benjamin – who sits as a Lib Dem peer in the Lords – said girls were becoming increasingly sexualised while more and more boys were treating them as little more than ‘sexual objects’.

In an impassioned speech to mark today’s International Women’s Day, she said boys were pressurising girls into degrading behaviour.

‘I believe we have opened a Pandora’s box and I have no answer as to how we can reverse the trend of the sexual objectification of women and how to protect our children against its influence,’ she said.

The former Play School and Play Away presenter said violent pornography was ‘only a mouse click away’ and was a ‘pan-global epidemic’.

Too many children were growing up believing happiness could be gained purely by using sex as a commodity, she warned.

The Daily Mail has been calling for tough restrictions on web porn to protect youngsters.

David Cameron has promised protections whereby all new computers will be automatically fitted with web filters unless parents specifically lift them. But no timetable has been put in place to implement such a scheme.

Last month a 15-year-old boy was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl after becoming hooked on internet porn.

The NSPCC revealed that more than 5,000 under-18s have been questioned by police over sex offences in the past three years.

In her Lords speech, Baroness Benjamin said: ‘No wonder we witness highly sexualised behaviour by children and young people when they are being influenced so strongly to believe that stardom, success, fame, riches and happiness can be achieved by using sex as a commodity.’

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