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Children accessing porn: Schools battle to deal with consequences

SCHOOLS are battling to deal with the consequences of boys’ exposure to porn at a young age, from sexting to deviant behaviour and viewing explicit images in class.

Easy access to violent porn has been blamed in part for a rise in problem sexual behaviour by children, with one service reporting 200 referrals in the past year.

It comes after hundreds of concerned teachers, parents and academics wrote to a Senate inquiry into the harm internet porn was having on children, with school heads worried about a “dramatic increase” in opportunities for students to access it.

The Association of Heads of independent Schools Australia said that 75 per cent of schools it surveyed had intervened in cases of sexting among students in the past three years.

Read the full article by Elissa Doherty and Nick Hansen on The Herald Sun website

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