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One in ten 12-13 year-olds worried they are addicted to porn

A poll of nearly 700 12-13 year-olds in the UK, including 100 from Wales, has found that one in ten are worried they are addicted to pornography.

12% admitted to making or having been part of a sexually explicit video Credit: PA

The survey also found that one in five said they'd seen pornographic images that had shocked or upset them.

12% also admitted to making or having been part of a sexually explicit video.

As a result of the study, the NSPCC's ChildLine service has launched a campaign to raise awareness and provide advice to young people.

The campaign will provide information and advice online, to help young people understand the implications of over exposure to porn and replicating pornographic content in real life.

We know from the young people who contact ChildLine that viewing porn is a part of every-day life, and our poll shows that one in five 12-13 year-olds think that watching porn is normal behaviour. However, even more worryingly, they also tell ChildLine that watching porn is making them feel depressed, giving them body image issues, making them feel pressured to engage in sexual acts they're not ready for and some even feel they are addicted to porn.

– Des Mannion, NSPCC Wales
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The charity has two bases in Wales, which it says receives contact from children and young people from across the UK.

One boy who spoke with a counsellor in Cardiff, said he watched "aggressive porn" and that he had started viewing girls "differently".

Another boy who contacted the ChildLine base in Prestatyn, said that after watching a lot of porn he "can't help looking at girls in a sexual way" and that it made him feel "perverted".

We absolutely have to talk to young people about sex, love, respect and consent as soon as we feel they are ready, to ensure that they gain a proper perspective between real life relationships and the fantasy world of porn.

– Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder of ChildLine

More information on the campaign can be found at www.childline.org.uk/fapz or by calling ChildLine on 0800 1111