Schoolchildren as young as 13 are routinely swapping explicit photographs of themselves, an investigation has found. Teenagers being subjected to such graphic sexualisation consider the practices “mundane and mainstream”, researchers said. This is from the Telegraph…
One teenage girl reported being asked for “naked pictures” several times a week while a boy said: “You would have seen a girl’s breasts before you’ve seen their face.”
Campaigners warned last night that the sharing of such explicit photographs, known as “sexting”, was corrupting children and could harm their development.
The disturbing claims, to be aired tonight during an investigation by Channel 4 News, came as classification chiefs announced a crackdown on “sexual or sadistic violence”. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) announced the policy yesterday to confront public concern over the effect of sex and violence in films on “vulnerable viewers”.
According to pupils interviewed for tonight’s investigation, many admitted they regularly became involved in sexually charged situations to work out who they should date.The research, based on focus groups with 220 year nine pupils, aged 13 and 14, found they were becoming sexualised at an earlier age because many were able to see pornography online.
One 15-year-old girl claimed boys asked girls to perform specific sexual acts because they had watched them in online pornography. Boys said they turned to online porn sites to learn about sex and relationships because they were not taught decent sex education.
According to the interviews, carried out for the NSPCC and Channel 4’s Generation Sex series, one girl said: “I get asked for naked pictures at least two or three times a week.”
The study found that “sexting” was related to other online issues and draws influence from celebrity and pornography, which is frequently viewed by boys aged 13 and 14.