Children as young as 12 may be hooked on porn

Nearly one in ten 12-13 year olds are worried they are addicted to porn according to the NSPCC.
Nearly one in ten 12-13 year olds are worried they are addicted to porn according to the NSPCC.

Figures released from the NSPCC’s Childline service show children as young as 12 are being exposed to a harmful amount of online pornography with some worrying they are now addicted.

Nearly one in ten 12-13 year-olds are worried they are addicted to porn.

The figures form part of a UK-wide survey of 2,000 children and young people aged 11-17 which was conducted by One Poll in February 2015.

The survey included 233 young people from across the North West.

36 per cent of children from the North West said they’d seen pornographic images that had shocked or upset them and six per cent had made or been part of a sexually explicit video. 35 per cent said watching porn made them feel insecure about their own body but 33 per cent thought watching porn was a normal part of young people’s lives.

Peter Liver, director of ChildLine said: “Children of all ages today have easy access to a wide range of pornography and if we as a society shy away from talking about this issue, then we are failing the thousands of young people it is affecting.”

One young girl aged between 12-15 years-old who contacted one of the bases in the North West, said “I’ve been feeling really insecure about my body since seeing a porn film because I know I’ll never be as attractive as the women in them.

“It upsets me because I think I’m going to end up alone - no one will ever fancy the way I look if I’m compared to them.”

The Childline FAPZ campaign (the Fight Against Porn Zombies) has been set up to raise awareness. If you’re concerned about a child then visit www.childline.org.uk/fapz or anonymously on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk. If you’re an adult worried about a child in relation to porn you can visit the NSPCC website.