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Tony Blair’s former school to provide lessons on porn

By Megan Rose

One of the UK’s top public schools is to give lessons on ‘porn awareness’ in order to tackle the damaging effects porn addiction can have on young people.

Fettes College in Edinburgh, which former Prime Minister Tony Blair attended, has invited Mary Sharpe, an expert on internet porn, to talk about the topic later this year.

Sharpe is a lawyer and founder of The Reward Foundation, which promotes healthy, loving relationships. Porn addiction has long been held to distort this process, so educating young people about its destructive effects is at the heart of her work.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: ‘these schools realise the damaging effect hardcore pornography can have on their pupils, in terms of their mental health and their studies.’ Sharpe has already given talks on the impact of porn at two other schools in Scotland.

The Government has also responded to the negative effects porn addiction is said to have on an individual's mental health. Despite reservations by some that the proposals would only affect UK-based porn providers, July's Digital Economy Bill contained proposals for porn sites to require age verification by 2017.

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