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Internet porn, sexting and explicit webcam sessions are increasingly putting young people in danger, not just from strangers but their own peers, a report suggests.
Parents and schools are struggling to cope with the ever-changing advances in technology and social networking and the effect they have on young people's behaviour, it warns.
Recent research suggests as many as one in three children aged ten has seen pornography on the web and 80 per cent of children in their mid teens admit regularly viewing explicit images and videos.
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The latest report, by charity Family Lives, claims a worrying culture of 'hypermasculinity' among young boys is promoting the notion that scantily clad girls 'deserve' to be raped and that violence against women is acceptable.
It also highlights that girls as young as 11 are taking part in intimate webcam sessions on social networking sites. Yet the charity also found that parents are not doing enough to protect their children from the dangers of online porn.
In a survey of more than 1,000 parents of eight to 17-year-olds, Family Lives found that only 34 per cent had spoken to or planned to speak to their child about internet porn.
In addition, many were putting off talking to their child until they were 12 or 13.
Last month a boy of 12 was spared jail for raping a nine-year-old girl after watching hard-core pornography online as his lawyer warned of a generation of children growing up with a ‘skewed view’ of sex.
The schoolboy, who is now 14, told police he had raped the little girl because he wanted to ‘feel grown up’ after watching the internet videos.
Claire Walker, head of policy at Family Lives, told The Telegraph: 'The scale of this is just not clear.
'Some of the things that we are aware of going on such as sexting and digital abuse – this is not just in urban schools or in state schools it is everywhere.
'Teachers don’t always know how to deal with it and parents, on the whole, probably don’t know it is going on.'
The report also told of accounts from parents, including a father who discovered his 11-year-old daughter had been exchanging sexual images with a 14-year-old boy online.
He said: 'From what I can tell she has showed him parts of her body on a webcam and possibly sent him photos of herself.
'I was extremely shocked to find this out as she has shown no interest in boys/sex/kissing etc.
'But reading through the message history that I have found she has been discussing sex with him. She has also accessed porn sites.'
The Daily Mail's campaign for controls to make it harder for youngsters to access pornographic images on computers is being backed by Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz and Sara Payne, the mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah.
Berelowitz said there 'isn’t a town, village or hamlet in which children are not being sexually exploited’.
In one vile case she uncovered, boys aged 14 and 15 were 'summoned' via BlackBerry Messenger to the gang rape of a 'very, very young girl' which lasted several days.
She told MPs: 'Boys were being called while some were raping the girl to say "come, come, come, you can join in too" and they were arriving and elbowing each other out of the way to rape her.'
And giving examples from the capital, she added: 'There are parts of London where certainly children expect to have to perform oral sex on line-ups of boys, up to two hours at a time from the age of 11.
The Prime Minister is already considering introducing web filters to make adults ‘opt in’ if they wish to view pornography and last week said he planned to consult on the issue.