DORSET PCC WELCOMES CHILDLINE CAMPAIGN

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is supporting a new campaign aimed at young people to raise awareness and provide advice about the harmful implications of an over exposure to pornography.

DORSET PCC WELCOMES CHILDLINE CAMPAIGN

The NSPCC’s Childline service found that nationally, one in ten 12-13 year olds are worried they are addicted to porn. They polled around 700 12-13 year olds in the UK and found one in five said they’d seen images that had shocked or upset them.  12% of those surveyed admitted to making or having been part of a sexually explicit video. 

The ChildLine FAPZ campaign (the Fight Against Porn Zombies) will use a series of animations looking at the implications of over exposure to porn 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. The campaign is designed for young people, by young people, who have been at the heart of the creative development throughout.

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner said: “It is vital we educate young people about the dangers of pornography and their wider use of the internet. Children of all ages have easy access to a wide range of material and unless we talk about the issue, we are failing thousands of young people. Protecting vulnerable people from serious threats is a key area of our Police and Crime Plan, and we must ensure young people learn about safe sex, healthy relationships, respect and consent.”

A young boy aged between 12-15 years-old who contacted ChildLine said: “I'm always watching porn and some of it is quite aggressive. I didn't think it was affecting me at first but I've started to view girls a bit differently recently and it's making me worried. I would like to get married in the future but I'm scared it might never happen if I carry on thinking about girls the way I do.”

Peter Liver, Director of Childline said: “We know from the young people who contact ChildLine, that viewing porn is a part of every-day life. Watching porn makes them feel depressed, gives them body image issues and makes them feel pressured into engaging in sexual acts they’re not ready for and some even feel they are addicted to porn.

“Earlier this month, the government announced 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.”

“Our campaign clearly compliments this proposal. 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.”

Any young person who has a question or concern is encouraged to visitwww.childline.org.uk/fapzor to contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or online www.childline.org.uk –counsellors are available 24/7 to offer free, confidential support and advice

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • In 2013/14 a report by the charity ChildWISE revealed the website Pornhub was named in the top five favourite sites by boys aged 11-16.
  • Young people post approximately 18,000 messages regarding exposure to porn on the ChildLine discussion forums every month.
  • All names and potentially identifying details have been changed to protect the identity of the child or young person. Snapshots are created from real ChildLine contacts but are not necessarily direct quotes from the young person.
  • A UK-wide survey of 2,000 children and young people aged 11-17 was conducted by One Poll in February 2015. 

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