Teenage boys could discuss pornography in the classroom

in a bid to stop them seeing women as sex objects the Family Planning Association is running a course for youth workers who visit schools to help them “support” teenagers who view pornographic websites and magazines. Entitled Fantasy v reality: the impact and influence on pornography on young people, the one day course was run for 12 youth workers for the first time last autumn.

The FPA is planning to run two other courses later in the year. They are designed to “explore the impact and influence of pornography on young people’s attitudes to sex, safer sex, their sexual development and relationships”.

There are fears among some social workers that teenagers who have access to pornography are learning too much, too quickly about sex and seeing women as only linked to sex.

An FPA spokesman said: “Increasingly, young men are saying that they get much of their sex and relationships education from pornography.”With most young people using the internet and mobile phones, pornography is more accessible than it has ever been.

“Professionals working with young people sometimes struggle to know what is legal, and how and whether to support young people using pornography.
“This course provides factual information about the types and availability of pornography, looking at what is legal and what is not.”

But it has also raised concerns among family values groups who argue that bringing pornography into the classroom makes it acceptable. Norman Wells, from Family and Youth Concern, told The Daily Mail: “It is a strange kind of logic to say that because there are so many sexual images all around us, we need to talk about sex more.

“Groups like the FPA fail to appreciate that talking freely and openly about sexual matters can break down young people’s natural sense of reserve and encourage casual attitudes towards sexual intimacy. “We shall never be able to counter the pernicious influence of the pornographers by yet more sexual conversations.”

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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