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Porn Addicts Start as Young as Ten

Politicians are trying to get internet providers to be more proactive in restricting access to pornography.

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By Fionna Agomuoh

04/19/12

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Today's "guinea pig" generation of teens, serving as a living experiment on how growing up with the internet will affect youths, aren't doing so well on the porn front, according to a report for the UK's Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection. It reveals that a third of British 10-year-olds have viewed adult content on the Internet, and four of five 16-year-olds access online porn regularly. Members of Parliament are pushing to have Internet providers offer parents easier options to block adult content. Prime Minister, David Cameron has suggested they provide an "opt-in" selection for explicit material—allowing customers to select what kind of content can appear on their service—as opposed to the current "opt-out" policy, allowing customers to install their own filters. Internet providers, however, remain uncooperative. But many involved with the inquiry, including Miranda Suit, the founder of the campaign group Safermedia,  believe action is imperative. “This generation is going through an experiment," she says. "No one knows how they will survive this unprecedented assault on their sexual development. They are guinea pigs for the next generation.” The report reveals that 26% of teens seeking psychological treatment at the Portland Clinic in London were addicted to Internet porn. The revelation that school kids to share hardcore porn on flash drives has some critics calling the unlimited availability of online pornography a modern-day “Wild West.”

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