Clegg: Gove is blocking school warnings about internet porn

All schools should be forced to give teenagers new sex education classes that warn them about internet pornography, Nick Clegg said today. This is from the Times

The Deputy Prime Minister said that he was in favour of updating the guidance on sex education, which was last rewritten in 2000 when free internet porn was not so widespread.

He said, however, that the plan to make schools offer new sex education lessons was being blocked by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary.

Speaking on his LBC Radio phone-in, Mr Clegg said that the world was now a “more menacing place” for young girls as a result of online pornography.

“I suspect all parents want their teenage sons and daughters to be not just given he biological facts of life, but also to be given some sex and relationship guidance,” he said.

“This is not shared across Government. I haven’t been able to persuade Michael Gove and the Conservatives to move all the way on this.”

He said that the boom in Internet porn had placed “indirect pressure” on young women and needed to be addressed.

“Yes the guidance should be updated, of course,” he said. “The last time the guidance was updated was 13 years ago and the world is a very different place now.”

He was responding to a question from a 17-year-old girl from North London, who said that the sex education they had been given was “old fashioned” and made no reference to the “huge explosion” in internet pornography now freely available online.

“We were actually watching VHS videos in our classroom, so it’s very outdated,” she said.

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Comments

  1. thedippyhippy

    SchoolsImprove Schools obviously have a role to play, but its more about mythbusting these days. They are aware of the fundamentals.

  2. thedippyhippy

    SchoolsImprove I remember teaching Media and explaining what a strapline was. An 11 year old made a joke about a strap-on. I was horrified.

  3. thedippyhippy

    SchoolsImprove Parents and teachers clearly need to accept that they are more aware in some ways, but that their awareness is distorted 1/2

  4. thedippyhippy

    SchoolsImprove +the only way to resolve skewed understanding internet porn provides is to work together, talk openly+ dispel misconceptions

  5. thedippyhippy

    SchoolsImprove Web blockers are hugely limited and not the answer any more. Times have changed. Parents + teachers need to be aware of this

  6. thedippyhippy

    SchoolsImprove An external organisation should travel the country offering training to teachers+parents in this. Does such an org. exist?

  7. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove As his ‘new’ curricula mirror those of the 1950s is it surprising he is fearful of sex education updates?

  8. JobbingTeacher1

    SchoolsImprove This is a tricky one, but I would say Clegg is on the ball. Things I have dealt with recently in school are beyond belief !

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