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UK: Younger and younger kids watching porn on the internet

Thursday, September 08, 2011

BBC

MPs told young children accessing explicit porn

By Angela Harrison

Younger and younger children are accessing porn online, the Sun's agony aunt Deidre Sanders has told MPs.

She told an inquiry set up by MPs that young children had knowledge of sexual practices that used to be the domain of "bored 40-year-olds".

The former home secretary Jacqui Smith told the panel it was easy for children to access porn.

The cross-party inquiry into online child protection is chaired by Conservative MP Claire Perry.

Mrs Sanders has been calling on internet service providers (ISPs) to filter out adult content when they supply broadband to homes - with householders able to "opt in" if they want to access such material.

The former home secretary Jacqui Smith also appeared before the panel and told MPs her own research had showed her there was a lot of pornographic material available "without age restriction or the need to pay".

She made a documentary about pornography for BBC Radio Five Live after it was revealed that her expenses claims had included a bill for two pornographic films watched by her husband.

She told the MPs she was most concerned about young teenagers.

"We are talking about them being able to look at extremely hard-core pornography without having to pay or say their age," she said.

Justine Roberts, co-founder of parenting website Mumsnet, said: "It's more the type and nature of the porn and the fact that it is so hard core. The particular worry is that it skews ideas of what sex is all about." More


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