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Porn sites should carry out age checks, says regulator

Porn sites should have to carry out age checks before granting access, the online video industry regulator has said. Its research found that six per cent of under-15s had accessed an adult website over the course of a month.

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Age checks 'should be carried out by pornography sites'

Age checks should be carried out by pornography websites before granting access to users, an industry regulator said.

Atvod found that 6% of children aged under 15 had accessed an adult website. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Laws need to be changed in order to protect children from seeing adult material on the internet, online video regulator Atvod, the Authority for Television on Demand, said.

Research for Atvod found that 6% of children aged 15 or under had accessed an adult website over the course of a month.

One pornography website was visited by 112,000 boys in the UK aged between 12 and 17, while some 5% of visitors to adult sites were under 18.

The statistics emerged after the online habits of 45,000 desktop computers and laptops were monitored over a month, with volunteers reflecting a cross-section of the population.

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