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X-Rated Images Warping a Generation: 13-Year-Olds on Twitter

X-Rated Images Warping a Generation: 13-Year-Olds on Twitter

CHILDREN are more likely to see X-rated images on Twitter than on any other digital platform, including PornHub.

According to a shocking report released today by the Children’s Commissioner for England, 41% of our children are accessing porn on social media.

Even more disturbing is evidence that young people’s sex lives are being influenced by easy access to violent sexual content.

Almost half of the 18-21-year-olds polled had witnessed a “sexually violent act,” such as “airway restriction,” in real life.

“One girl told me that when she had her first kiss at the age of 12, her boyfriend strangled her because he saw it online and thought it was normal,” Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza said.

Those who watched porn at least twice a week were far more likely than infrequent viewers to be victims of such extreme behavior.

While nearly two-thirds of the porn stars subjected to staged violence were women, men made up less than a third.

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The Children’s Commissioner, whose job it is to protect children’s rights in England, polled 1,000 people aged 16 to 21 and held two focus groups with teenagers aged 13 to 19.

According to the findings, 10% of children had seen porn by the age of nine, and more than a quarter of 11-year-olds had been exposed to it.

Twitter and most other social media sites require users to be 13 years old to sign up but do not require proof of birth.

By the age of 13, half of the children had seen sexually explicit content.

Dame Rachel is now urging the government to strengthen the Online Safety Bill, which has been stalled in Parliament for nearly two years after the draft bill was published.

She explains why immediate action is required to protect children online.

Everyone’s first kiss should be a tender and sweet experience.

However, our children’s unrestricted access to violent pornography is changing the way this country views relationships.

We once brought in a large group of children and asked them what they wished their parents had told them.

One girl told me that when she was 12 and had her first kiss, her boyfriend strangled her because he saw it online and thought it was normal.

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I also recall speaking with an eight-year-old boy who was upset about seeing pornography because he didn’t know what it was.

I was able to convince him that it wasn’t real and that it was all a sham. Online pornography is altering norms and affecting both boys and girls.

Boys are attempting to live up to unrealistic material promoted on these adult websites, and girls believe that is what they must agree to.

Parents would be shocked to learn what their children are accessing or being sent by others.

It’s not the top-tier pornography of their youth; this is filthy material like choking, slapping, and rape.

I am concerned about the number of people who have witnessed sexual violence before the age of 18.

It is altering their perception of what constitutes a healthy relationship.

According to this survey, the average age for first viewing adult material online is 13, implying that many are viewing at the age of eight, nine, or ten.

A quarter of primary school students have seen this sexually explicit content.

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Where are they seeing it? Not only on adult websites, but also on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

This needs to be removed from the websites of technology companies.

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When we show adults what kind of adult content is available on Twitter, many of them are surprised.

Pages have remained online for months without being removed.

I am pleased that major technology companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been included in the scope of the Online Safety Bill.

But I do want these companies to be held more accountable for failing to self-regulate properly.

They are aware of how children over the age of 13 access their websites.

It’s not like in 2017 when artificial intelligence wasn’t very good; it’s now so smart that we can keep children safe without infringing on adult liberties.

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Big tech companies should be blocking children who are too young and removing X-rated content.

Speaking with parents whose children have died as a result of what they saw online, it is clear that change is long overdue.

The Online Safety Bill should ensure that tech companies are fined and prosecuted if they fail to keep our children safe.

We need the bill to become law as soon as possible.