Lasting damage to young minds left by online porn

Daily Mail (UK) 8 Sep 2012
A leading neuroscientist has backed an opt-in system for online pornography, saying extreme images may cause long-term harm to children’s brains. Baroness Susan Greenfield urged ministers to respect parents’ concerns over uncontrolled internet access. The Oxford University professor said the developing brain was ‘vulnerable’ and that children needed to be protected from premature sexualisation. Already, she said, young people she had spoken to believed ‘relationships are for losers’ and that having multiple sexual partners would impress their friends. The Daily Mail is campaigning for an automatic block on online porn unless over-18s specifically ask their internet service providers to let them see such material, following strict age verification. Baroness Greenfield said: ‘If I had to choose between unfettered internet access, and having children potentially harmed psychologically or worse by porn sites, then for me the decision is an easy one. ‘This [opt in] seems to be the simplest and something simple is easiest for people to deal with. We know that the young brain, because it is still developing, is vulnerable. It is so easily influenced, exposing young people to extreme behaviours like that, might influence it in a way that could be long term.’ Baroness Greenfield said children’s brains may be vulnerable to pornography, as well as suicide and eating disorder sites, on the back of evidence from studies on drug use, video games and criminal behaviour, showing long-term effects from early exposure. On Thursday, a petition signed by 115,000 – including 140 MPs – was handed in to Downing Street, demanding that internet service providers block online porn.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200103/Lasting-damage-young-minds-left-online-porn-Brain-expert-warns-children-protected-extreme-images.html

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