Teachers issue pornography alert

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MANY schoolchildren are regularly exposed to hardcore pornography with damaging consequences, teachers have warned.

A new poll reveals teachers’ concerns about access to explicit images and the negative effect it can have on youngsters.

More than a third, 36.7 per cent, of the more than 500 teachers surveyed said they believe that the majority of their pupils regularly see hardcore pornography.

And three in four say that easy access to hardcore pornography is having damaging consequences on pupils in their school.

One teacher told the survey that children as young as 11 were becoming over-sexualised, adding “they feel under lots of pressure to perform sexual acts”.

Others said that pupils were using derogatory sexual language and that watching porn had led to “awful” behaviour of boys towards young women.

Some told the poll that girls as young as 11 were dressing like “inflatable plastic dolls” and described pupils who “couldn’t get to sleep without watching porn”. The poll found that the majority of teachers, 67.3 per cent, do not think that sex education has kept up with technological advances.

And there were also concerns about pupils becoming obsessed with body image. More than half, 55.8 per cent, of those questioned said they knew of pupils who wanted to surgically change their image.