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Stella O'Malley: 'In today's pornified world, teens 'sext' each other before they've even kissed'

 

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New norm: Many girls now see receiving graphic images via text from a boy as just another part of life. Picture posed

New norm: Many girls now see receiving graphic images via text from a boy as just another part of life. Picture posed

New norm: Many girls now see receiving graphic images via text from a boy as just another part of life. Picture posed

We're in the middle of a live experiment and it's not going very well. Ten years ago very few 13-year-olds had smartphones in their pockets, while these days almost every 13-year-old has easy access to the wildest part of the web.

Unfettered access to the internet is akin to allowing children to play next door to the red light district - it might all work out fine but, if it goes wrong, it is frighteningly easy to fall into a disturbing world filled with seedy and violent sex.


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