What are children learning from online porn?

The NSPCC carried out a survey of more than 1,000 children aged 11-16, and found that at least half had been exposed to online porn already.  Of this group, almost all (94%) have seen it by age 14.

A very high percentage of the  boys surveyed revealed that they wanted to copy the behaviour they had seen watching porn. These answers came despite more than 75% of the kids agreeing that porn didn’t help them understand the rules of consent.

The survey also showed that young people are likely to see online porn accidentally and for almost 66%, first exposure to porn occurred in their own home.

Many of the girls were reported worried about how porn would make boys see girls and the possible impact on attitudes to sex and relationships.

“It can make a boy not look for love, just look for sex and it can pressure us girls to act and look and behave in a certain way before we might be ready for it,” Anonymous 13-year-old girl.girl looking at computer monitor

LYP says:

We are very concerned with the findings of this survey by the NSPCC and believe that society has a moral obligation to address these issues now by becoming educated and also by raising awareness. Sadly only a few people and organisations are really making a difference. We need more people to join us and take a stand against the harmful effects of pornography on young people before it’s too late. If you want to join us than contact us on our Facebook page.

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