Is not blocking online porn in the home child abuse?

The children's charity helpline Childline reports it has seen a 60% year-on-year rise in calls from children, who have been traumatised by seeing online porn, in 2015/6.

The NSPCC-run 24-hour helpline say that calls to their counselling service have rapidly increased in relation to online porn being viewed by children. More than half of the callers in 2015/16 were aged 12-15, but 10% were aged 11 or younger.

Many of those who contacted Childline said they felt "ashamed", "guilty" and "addicted" after viewing porn online.

NSPCC's research found that young people are as likely to see online porn accidentally, as search for it, and the charity believes that current proposals for all porn websites to require age verification, which are currently being debated in the Digital Economy Bill in the UK Parliament, do not go far enough.

Figures taken from the NSPCC's new report, 'What should I do now?' (1) also reveal that three quarters (650) of contacts to the NSPCC helpline about online issues in 2015/16 related to online child sexual abuse. (2)

To contact Childline, call 0800 1111 or visit chidline.org.uk

References:

1. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/research-and-resources/2016/what-should-i-do-helpline-report-online-abuse/

2. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/news-opinion/putting-online-sexual-abuse-spotlight/

News sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/children-nspcc-porn-increase_uk_5800ebcde4b0e982146c8ca4

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/increase-children-shame-watching-porn/

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/huge-rise-in-children-contacting-childline-over-online-porn-fears-35134834.html