Parents are being asked to put parental controls on their children’s phones to limit their children’s access to pornography.
An education minister has asked parents to turn on safety settings on their children’s phones and devices to keep them out of “digital danger.”
After a review revealed that sexual harassment had become “normalized” for schoolchildren, Vicky Ford, the minister for children and family, issued a plea to parents to protect their children from internet pornography.
Boys are sending “nude” photos among themselves like a “collecting game,” according to Ofsted inspectors, and nearly nine out of ten girls say they or their peers have been received explicit pictures or videos.
Because sexual harassment occurs so regularly, children typically do not see the benefit in reporting it, while many teachers continuously underestimate the scope of the problem, according to the review.
“Let me be clear – sexism and misogyny is not OK,” Ms Ford said in the Commons, citing the “chilling” tales presented by victims.
Allowing your child to be in digital risk is just as dangerous as putting them in physical risk.
“Sexual harassment is never acceptable, let alone non-consensual touching, groping, or sexual contact.
“Sending uninvited nudes is not acceptable, and pressuring your peers into sending a nude and then sharing it with your friends is not acceptable.”
“We must work together as a government, as parents, educators, and as a society to shift the cultural dial,” she continued.
Ms Ford stated that the Children’s Commissioner has been requested to begin looking into ways to limit children’s access to pornography “immediately.”
“Parents play a vital role here,” she noted. As a mother, I understand how tough it is to discuss these topics with our children.
“However, parents must be aware of their children’s activities and know how to assist them when things go wrong.”
“Right now, it’s believed that 1.4 million children in the UK use pornography every month, and what they view is affecting the way they understand sex and relationships,” Ms Ford continued.
“So, please, parents, turn on your broadband filters and make sure you understand and switch on the safety features on your children’s. (This is a short article)