Headline London discuss figures released in a poll from the Institute of Public Policy Research that claims sexually explicit messaging is ‘part of everyday life’ for teenagers. The study also found that that accessing porn is ‘typical’ for 7 out of 10 teenagers. More than half of the people studied said they had stumbled across pornographic material that they found ‘worrying and uncomfortable.’
Despite the growth in youngsters seeing and sharing explicit content, 49% of boys and two-thirds of girls said it would be easier growing up if ‘pornography was less easy to access for young people’, indicating the negative impact the material can have on their lives.
Alex Beard was joined by Dalia Ben-Galim from the instate who published the report and Hannah Broadbent from Childnet on Headline London.
Dalia, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, says there’s growing pressure on teenagers as a result of pornography.
Despite the fact that 70% of 18-year-olds polled think watching porn is normal, Dalia says not all teenagers enjoy what they see.
Hannah Broadbent from Childnet does not believe ‘sexting’ has to be a part of growing up and says there are steps parents can take to limit what their children see.
As well as encouraging teachers and parents to engage in age-appropriate dialect with children about pornography and sexual content, Hannah Broadbent also believes it is important to warn children of the consequence of their actions, such as sexting.
Broadcaster Dekan Apajee believes it is a topic that must be tackled at school in order to keep young teenagers safe.
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