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Explicit material sent to Auckland kids

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/08/2016

Unwanted sexually explicit material is being sent to more than one in seven Auckland high school students.

Maori and Pacific students, same or both-sex attracted students and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to attract the material, researchers have revealed.

The University of Auckland says strategies are needed to keep children and young people sexually safe.

Eight per cent of students have received material via their mobile phones, and six per cent over the internet, according to data from the university's Adolescent Health Research Group.

"Students who were sent unwanted sexual explicit material were three times more likely to have been sexually abused/coerced and four times more likely to report forcing someone else to do sexual things," Dr Terryann Clark said.

She said parents need to talk to teach children about sexual safety and technology, positive relationship, active consent and good communication.

"But also as a society we also need to look at larger social norms, policies and practices that contribute to sexual violence, bullying and coercive sexual messaging," she said.

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