Family Lives responds to NAHT report re porn warnings for primary pupils

Jeremy Todd, Chief Executive, Family Lives says: 

"Without clear and realistic facts about sex and relationships, young people will seek information from elsewhere.  Seeking to maintain sexual ignorance is not the answer as young people may find information that is inaccurate or based on fantasy that distorts their ideas of sexual relationships.  The UK has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe.  Other European countries ensure that their young people have realistic information about sex and relationships; information which clearly helps young people to choose to have sex when they are ready which is on average at an older age than their UK counterparts.

In particular, Family Lives believes that unless young children, both in Primary and Secondary school settings are educated about the unrealistic nature of pornography via Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) sessions, there is a danger that young people will develop unhealthy and unrealistic expectations about relationships.“

To read the NAHT report, please click here.

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