“Internet porn a hazard for primary pupils, says Freda Briggs” by Michael Owen

Michael Owen describes crisis surrounding the ubiquitous nature of pornography. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Australian. The source of this excerpt is http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/internet-porn-a-hazard-for-primary-pupils-says-freda-briggs/story-fn59nlz9-1226883003227#

School children are being ­exposed to internet pornography at an increasingly early age and exhibiting aberrant sexual ­behaviour, a leading child protection expert says.

Freda Briggs, who teaches about child protection at the University of South Australia, warned of a growing incidence of children bringing internet pornography into the schoolyard and “trying to do what the grown ups do”.

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Professor Briggs, a former Senior Australian of the Year, said teachers were not trained to handle these situations.

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“This happens so often that the Education Department now has a booklet on handling children who exhibit inappropriate sexual behaviours,” she said. “It is happening all too ­frequently.”

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“They are getting their sex education from porn, which has nothing to do with relationships.”

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“Some young children have been overexposed to pornography because although you may be a wonderfully protective parent, you often don’t know what your children are seeing on their electronic devices,” she said.

Australian Education Union state president David Smith said teachers found it increasingly difficult to control electronic devices among students. “Schools try to deal with it … but it is clearly true that there are more and more concerns about the misuse of mobile phones and other electronic devices,” Mr Smith said.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit The Australian’s website http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/internet-porn-a-hazard-for-primary-pupils-says-freda-briggs/story-fn59nlz9-1226883003227#

Michael Owen is a journalist for The Australian.