According to a survey that conducted from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), it was found that the majority of kids watch pornography on the internet, with a percentage being 7 or 8 years old. The survey concerned 2.344 children and parents, who live in the United Kingdom.
On the basis of this survey, about 51 percent of children between the ages of 11 and 13, revealed that they have seen pornography online, while 61 percent of teenagers between the ages of 14 and 15 years old have also noticed adult content while browsing the Internet. However,most young people, when were asked, they replied that they had no intention of watching pornographic material. The BBFC Chief Executive David Austin said: “Pornography is currently one click away for children of all ages in the UK, and this research supports the growing body of evidence that it is affecting the way young people understand healthy relationships, sex, body image, and consent” and continued: “the research also shows that when young children — in some cases as young as seven or eight years old — first see pornography online, it is most commonly not on purpose.”
In general, the results of the survey showed that children, who were under the age of 10, they felt very confused about what they were seeing. Furthermore, about of 41 percent of participants knew what pornography is and which the consequences are. Specifically, girls mentioned that men can copy what they see in porn and be more aggressive.
The BBFC is responsible in order to take strict measures about online age verification and minor’s protection from adult content. Websites with such content must have more affective systems about the access of young people. The relevant legislation was about to be implemented but delayed for six months and as it has been announced, it is very important that there be no further delay. Indeed, the majority of parents and children agreed with the proposed age confirmation controls for sites that host pornography.