The NSPCC’s ChildLine service has launched the ChildLine FAPZ Campaign to raise awareness and provide advice to young people about the potentially harmful implications of over exposure to pornography. This follows a recent NSPCC survey of nearly 700 12-13 year olds which found that
- A tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds fear they are “addicted” to pornography
- One in five children surveyed said they had seen pornographic images that had shocked or upset them.
- 12% of those surveyed said they had taken part in, or had made, a sexually explicit video.
Childline says that viewing porn is “a part of everyday life” for many of the children who contact its helpline and there are 18,000 visits every month from children and young people about exposure to porn on their discussion forums .
ChildLine has launched a campaign to raise awareness and provide advice to young people about the harmful implications of an over exposure to porn following the survey results.
The ChildLine FAPZ campaign (the Fight Against Porn Zombies) use a series of animations looking at the implications of over exposure to pornography on both boys and girls. The animations then link to a range of information and advice, to help young people understand the implications associated with replicating pornographic content in real life situations and to protect them from putting themselves in potentially risky situations.
Peter Liver, director of ChildLine, said that it was important to talk openly about the issue.
“Children of all ages today have easy access to a wide range of pornography,” he said. “If we as a society shy away from talking about this issue, we are failing the thousands of young people it is affecting. We know from the young people who contact ChildLine that viewing porn is a part of everyday life, and our poll shows that one in five 12 to 13-year-olds thinks that watching porn is normal behaviour. They tell ChildLine that watching porn is making them feel depressed, giving them body image issues, and making them feel pressured to engage in sexual acts they’re not ready for
‘The Government recently proposed plans for children aged 11 upwards to be taught about rape and sexual consent as part of PSHE in schools. This would include discussion around what they have learnt from watching pornography. Across society, we need to remove the embarrassment and shame that exists around talking about porn – which is why we are launching this activity and helping young people to make more informed choices.”
For more advice for parents/carers about how to have age appropriate conversations with their children then visit the Pornography Hot Topic from Childnet.
If you are concerned about a child then you can also encourage them to visit ChildLine’s F.A.P.Z. campaign at www.childline.org.uk/fapz or talk to ChildLine anonymously on 0800 1111 or online www.childline.org.uk. If you’re an adult worried about a child in relation to issues around pornography you can visit the NSPCC website for advice and support.