Written on Monday, February 05, 2007 by Gemini
Desensitised By Sex On Net, Kids In UK Are Creating Their Own Porn
London: Children are using mobile phones to film each other having sex and are then sending the images to classmates. Experts say the trend is growing and draw comparisons to the “happy slapping” craze in which children use mobile phone cameras to film assaults on members of the public.
Two weeks ago a 13-yearold boy was caught with footage on his mobile phone of two fellow pupils aged 15 having sex near their school in Warwickshire. In another case last summer a 16-year-old boy used his mobile phone to film a 14-yearold girl having sex in a bedroom at a house party in Perth and sent the images to his school friends. Some blame the trend on the ease with which children can access pornography on the internet or mobiles, so they become desensitised to images normally regarded as shocking.
Andrew Durham, a consultant practitioner at the Sexualised Inappropriate Behaviours Service, which deals with children’s sexual problems, said: “It is now a feature within young people’s culture that these incidences get filmed. It is similar to the way people use phones to film others being assaulted.”
The service, a council programme in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, has treated a dozen cases in the past year involving children where sex acts were videoed on mobile phones or sexual behaviour was copied from images on the internet.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has begun an assessment with Cork University to establish the scale of the problem. Kevin Gibbs, co-chairman of the NSPCC's sexually harmful behaviour group, said the work would analyse data from 22 of its centres in Britain. “All of our services have come across some examples where pornographic and adult images have been passed round on mobile phones or images taken of people in embarrassing sexual situations,” he said.