Three in a hundred primary school children visited porn sites during study

The Guardian is reporting that adult websites were accessed by 3% of primary school children during a study of web use habits in 45,000 households…

The research, which was carried out by the online video regulator Atvod, the Authority for Television on Demand, uncovered what it described as “startling evidence of children’s exposure to hardcore pornography on the internet”.

Using a similar methodology to that used to estimate TV viewing habits, that study found that 6% of children aged 15 or under had accessed an adult website. If scaled up nationally, the research suggests that 44,000 primary school children had accessed pornographic material – and 200,000 under-16s. One site, Pornhub, was visited by 112,000 boys in the UK aged between 12 and 17…

Atvod said the issue of children accessing online pornography was so urgent that it was “critical the legislation is enacted during this parliament”.

It said sites that did not comply with legislation by carrying out age checks should be forbidden from processing payments from British customers.

Atvod already forces pornographic websites based in the UK to carry out age verification checks before customers can view explicit photographs or video, the BBC said, by requiring valid credit card details or personal information that can be checked.

But it said the vast majority of online pornography was downloaded from overseas businesses, over which it has no control.

Atvod wants all adult sites to request a licence that would only be granted if age checks were in place, with payment processors not allowed to handle fees for services from UK citizens to unregistered sites…

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  1. wraitken

    SchoolsImprove interesting article, how many of 3% were deliberate searches or accidents? How many got through older siblings history etc

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