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Most UK kids see adult content online

Press Association logoPress Association 7/02/2017 Alison Kershaw

A British report has found 70 per cent of children and young people have seen inappropriate images and videos online with almost half of teenage children seeing nude or nearly nude photos of their peers being shared.

It also found that many youngsters are sharing pictures they would not want their parents to see, with some sharing content with people they only know online.

The report, published to mark Safer Internet Day, examined the central role sharing images and videos online now played in children's lives, a director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and chief executive of Childnet Will Gardner said.

"This can magnify the risks and pressures that young people face, while also offering fun new opportunities for self-expression and creativity," Gardner said.

The report also found among 13 to 17-year-olds alone, almost half said they had seen nude, or nearly nude, pictures of someone they knew being shared around their school or community.

Young people also said they took 12 "selfies" on average before posting one on a website, the report found - while 43 per cent said that they worry about how attractive they look when they share photos.

This fear was more common among girls than boys.

UK CHILDREN ONLINE HABITS

* 70 per cent of eight to 17-year-olds viewed images inappropriate for their age in the last year

* Over one in five said that someone had posted an image or video in an attempt to bully them

* 65 per cent shared a video or image with someone they only know online

* Around two thirds have posted an image or video for a positive reason in the last year

* The online poll of 1,500 eight to 17-year-olds was commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre and carried out by ResearchBods.

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