A new poll has revealed that almost 50% of teenagers regard sending sexual photos or videos as part of 'everyday life', while most youngsters find it 'too easy' to accidentally see pornography online.
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According to a report by the Institute of Public Policy Research think tank, 11-year-old kids are regularly exposed to online porn, and by the age of 14 years, 45% are watching explicit content on the web, the Independent reported.
The poll also found that 80% believe it is too easy for young people to stumble across it and most recall 'accessing pornography was seen as typical' while they were at school.
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While at least 70% agree that 'pornography leads to unrealistic attitudes towards sex' and 'can have a damaging impact' on views of sex or relationships, more than half of those who were surveyed say 'it would be easier growing up if pornography was less easy to access for young people'.
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Dalia Ben-Galim, associate director of IPPR said that the research shows 'that pornographic images are pervasive in teenagers' lives' and 'paints a worrying picture about the way online pornography is shaping the attitudes and behaviour of young people."