Train us to deliver lessons on dangers of pornography, demand teachers

The ATL has called for teachers to receive specialist training in how to deliver lessons on the dangers of pornography following a debate where research was cited indicating that children as young as eight are accessing pornography on the internet. This is from the Independent…

Helen Porter from St Gabriel’s school in Newbury, Berkshire, cited research from the London School of Economics which showed 90 per cent of all eight to 16-year-olds had at some stage accessed pornography on the internet.

“For many young people, pornography now precedes sex and many will have seen hundreds of strangers having sex before they have any sexual contact with another person,” she told her union’s annual conference in Liverpool.

“I know of a Berkshire school girl in year nine who was persuaded to perform in an amateur pornographic video at the age of 13,” she added. “As a teacher of teenage girls and the mother of a teenage daughter, I am absolutely sickened by that thought.”

Alison Sherratt, a former president of ATL and primary school teacher from Bradford, said: “Very many of our youngest children are exposed to a wide variety of images of a pornographic nature.”

She said primary school pupils were engaging in  “a more explicit vocabulary and type of games”.

“We need to send signals to our colleagues in every staff room so they can tackle the subject openly and bravely to help our children retain their naïve and joyous childhoods.”

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