Children’s access to online porn fuels sexual harassment, commissioner says
- Curbs on children’s access to online pornography need to be brought in urgently to stop the spread of an activity that is partly to blame for normalising sexual harassment in schools, according to England’s new Children’s Commissioner.
- Dame Rachel de Souza is urging governments and tech companies to introduce age verification checks.
- She warned that access to hardcore pornography was shaping children’s expectations of relationships and was partly to blame for thousands of testimonies of sexual harassment by schoolchildren published on the Everyone’s Invited website over the last few months.
- She told the Observer: “We can’t ignore that, nor should we. One area I’m clear on is that online hardcore pornography warps boys’ expectations of normal relationships and normalises behaviours that girls are then expected to accept, and it’s just too easy for children to access.”
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