More than 8000 under-18s were accused of sexually abusing children and other young people in the last two years. This makes up around two thirds of all reported cases of child sex abuse.
When parents consider their child's exposure to the risk of sexual abuse I fear we often overlook the other children in their lives. This is clearly a mistake.
He said: “Children may struggle to understand boundaries as a consequence of exposure to inappropriate material such as online pornography, violent films or computer games.”
If this is true we would expect this situation to get worse as more and more children get unsupervised online access. My conversations with professionals in the field would seem to anecdotally confirm this. It is getting worse. Children are acting out behaviors on other children that should not occur to any young child.