Children as young as 11 are becoming addicted to internet pornography giving them ‘unrealistic expectations’ of sex, yoga for children 8 years of video lessons to new research. It is now ‘common practice’ for schoolchildren to access hard core pornography at an early age and become desensitised to sexual images. A study, published by Plymouth University, said that more children are finding themselves ‘hooked’ on internet porn before they become sexually active, leading to problems in later life. The news comes as a teaching union said yesterday that children as young as ten should learn about pornography as part of the national curriculum.
The National Association of Headteachers said primary school teachers needed to respond to the fact that children were now getting a large amount of their information about sex from the internet. But many family campaigners will argue that teaching children about pornography could actually make the situation worse, because children could be introduced to the concept for the first time. Campaigners say the easy access of porn online is harming children, and the NSPCC says they have seen an upsurge in calls from teenagers upset by what they have seen. The Daily Mail is campaigning for an automatic block on web porn, with adults having to opt in if they want to access it. Children are growing up in an overtly sexualised world,’ he said.
That includes easy access to porn and they need the skills to deal with it. We would support children being taught in an age-appropriate way about the impact of pornography as part of a statutory Personal Social Health Education programme. Mr Humphreys said that lessons could start from primary school but that the material would depend on age. Evidence suggests ten isn’t too young to start lessons on pornography, but it wouldn’t be a full-on lesson but the grounding would be laid down,’ he said. At the moment, PSHE, which includes sex and relationships education, is not compulsory in England, unlike other parts of the UK. Biological facts are part of all lessons in secondary school science lessons.