“Three in a Hundred Primary School Children Visited Porn Sites During Study” by Press Association

The Press Association revealed the results of a study conducted by the Authority for Television on Demand (Atvod) about children’s exposure to pornography.  This is an excerpt from a recent article posted on The Guardian.  The source of this article is: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/28/primary-school-children-porn-websites

Image courtesy of The Guardian.

Image courtesy of The Guardian.

 

“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 laws should be changed to protect children from seeing adult material on the internet.

The statistics were uncovered after the online habits of 45,000 desktop and laptop computer users were monitored for a month, with volunteers reflecting a cross-section of the population. It did not look at tablet or mobile use so may be an underestimate of porn viewing habits.”

 

This is a significantly shortened excerpt.  To read the full article, please visit The Guardian website. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/28/primary-school-children-porn-websites