Sue Minto Head of our ChildLine service – a registered Childrens Charity – explains why the issue of porn is being addressed with latest campaign.
For over 29 years we have strived to address the issues that young people tell us are affecting them. Cyber-bullying, self-harm and suicidal thoughts are just a few of the subjects we have helped children to deal with and to overcome.
As a charity that fights for every childhood we will always listen to what young people are telling us – which is why we have launched the Childline FAPZ campaign (the Fight Against Porn Zombies).
It is impossible to ignore 18,000 visits every month about exposure to porn on our discussion forums from children and young people or that one in ten 12-13 year olds are worried they are addicted to porn.
We have to remember that these aren’t just shocking numbers – they are real children. These young people are confused, upset, feel like they have to behave or look like porn stars to have relationships and at the worst end are in danger of engaging with harmful sexual behaviour. We cannot ignore the fact there are lots of children who are feeling this way across the UK.
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