Parenting & Pornography


Parenting and Pornography

Series 6 Episode 1 of 3

As pornography becomes more available to youngsters through the internet and mobiles, Mariella Frostrup and guests discuss how we can best equip the next generation to deal with it.

Reports show that the numbers of children accessing explicit sexual images are growing. There's increasing concern that youngsters who watch pornography regularly may be tempted to act out scenes of abuse on other children, and that many kids' ideas about relationships and bodies are being affected by the images they are watching.

So what can parents and society do about it? Can we stop children watching pornography altogether? If not, what kinds of conversations should we have with our children about it, and what is the role for schools?

Joining Mariella are psychotherapist John Woods, Claire Perry MP, Leonie Hodge from Family Lives, the Deputy Children's Commissioner for England Sue Berelowitz and Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group.

We also hear the experiences of parents and teenagers and find out what they think about the effects of pornography.

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    Provides the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly.

    E-safety advice line:  0844 800 2382 

    Professionals Online Safety Helpline: 0844 381 4772 - designed with teachers, social workers and people who work with children and young people in mind.

  • Stop it Now! UK and Ireland

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  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

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  • Family Lives

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  • Radio 1 Advice: Porn

    Information and advice from Radio 1 about pornography

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