Entire school year groups have seen porn, children’s watchdog says

Sue Berelowitz, deputy children’s commissioner, suggested that the scale of access to adult pornography among children is now so widespread that it should trigger “moral panic” among parents, schools and the Government about what should be done. This is from the Telegraph…

Unpublished research by the Children’s Commissioner into access to adult pornography among children is much more widespread than previously thought, with every boy and half the girls in a year group of 14-year-olds accessing pornography in one school in England.

She said: “We came across one study where they were looking at the whole cohort of year nine pupils within a large local authority in England

“The findings were that 100 per cent – that is every single year nine boy – 14 year olds – is accessing pornography. And about 50 per cent of the girls. The girls did not want to look at the porn – they were being made to by the boys.”

The Commission had found evidence that children as young as 11 had been found actively to be “seeking out pornography”, she said.

Some boys now felt they had an “absolute entitlement to have sex with girls, any time, any place, any where, with whomsoever they wished”.

The watchdog was so concerned that it had more research to see if boys actually understood what “giving consent” to sex actually meant.

She said: “We have commissioned research into young people’s understanding of consent… It raises very serious questions about whether boys in particular have any understanding of the concept of consent.”

Miss Berelowitz added: “No one should be panicking – but why should not there be a moral panic?

“Because what we are uncovering is that the scale of what this is doing to children and young people’s sense of what is reasonable.

“If that does not generate some huge moral anxiety amongst us as a responsible population, government and communuity then quite frankly I would be very worried.”

The findings emerged on BBC Radio Four’s Bringing Up Britain, which is examining “parenting and pornography”.

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