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Sexual Health Week: talking about porn

By Marjun Ziarati, Parent Zone junior writer

Sexual health charity, FPA, has asked more than 2000 parents how they feel about discussing subjects related to porn with their children.

Their survey focuses on this year's theme of talking about pornography. They found that 87% of parents have either already discussed body image or self-esteem related to pornography with their child, or believe that it should be discussed at the appropriate age.

Some reasons parents gave for not having discussed subjects related to porn with their children included:

  • finding it awkward or embarrassing,
  • feeling they didn't know enough about the issue,
  • not being sure what to say,
  • not wanting to embarrass their child.

72% of those asked said that both parents and schools should be talking to young people about subjects related to pornography, such as body image, self-esteem, consent and communication.

Read the full survey results here.

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