Parents worried about porn

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MANY parents believe schools should teach children about the dangers of pornography as soon as they are old enough to use the internet, a survey suggests.

It reveals that the majority of parents do not want it to be left to them alone to educate their youngsters about the controversial issue, and a large proportion think that pupils as young as five or six should be given lessons on the subject.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which conducted the poll, said that many young people are exposed to explicit materials online and on mobile phones, and need to know how to cope with this. The survey, which questioned around 1,000 parents, found that six in 10 parents are worried about their sons and daughters seeing violent or sexual material on the web.

But the poll also reveals that the majority (80 per cent) feel confident in protecting their children online.

Just over half (51 per cent) said that pupils should not be taught about the dangers of pornography until they are teenagers, over two in five (42 per cent) said that they should be educated as soon as they are old enough to access the internet, even if they are as young as five or six.