“Porn seen by a quarter of children under 12, survey finds” by Heather Saul

A recent survey commissioned by the BBC has found that one in four children view pornography before the age of 12. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Independent. The source of this excerpt is http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/porn-seen-by-a-quarter-of-children-under-12-survey-finds-9251019.html

One in four young people watched internet porn by the age of 12 or younger, worrying new statistics have revealed.

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More than half of the 1,000 people aged between 16 and 21 surveyed said watching porn online at a young age had affected their expectations of sex – with many reporting that young men expect young women to behave like porn stars.

image courtesy of The Independent

image courtesy of The Independent

A third of young people said they had stumbled upon porn by accident, but many admitted to using it to fill in gaps left by school sex education or to find tips and techniques.

Fifty per cent of the young men who took part in the programme said they look for porn every day or quite often (at least once in week), in comparison to ten per cent of young women who said the same.

Jameela Jamil, who presents the programme said the results made her concerned over the changing sexual expectations of young adults. “I worry about the new generation of men whose first real introduction to sex is what they see on their laptop,” she said.

“They think we are supposed to look, sound and move like that. What’s scarier is that I worry young women are starting to think the same.”

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the The Independent website http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/porn-seen-by-a-quarter-of-children-under-12-survey-finds-9251019.html

Heather Saul is an online news reporter for www.independent.co.uk