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Majority of teens watch online porn

Belfast - A majority of teenagers claimed they watched pornography on the internet and more than one-third said it was educational, according to an online survey.

The survey, involving 508 teenagers, was carried out by Unicef Ireland and is part of a series looking at issues facing adolescents.

Usage would be limited, but institutions such as schools would be given unlimited bandwidth. Picture: Damaris Helwig. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

While 54pc said they looked at porn, only one in five said they ever speak to their parents about sex. One-in-five 16-year-olds said they have already had sex.

Other findings included:

Fiona Ryan, director of Alcohol Action Ireland, said: “We know from previous research that the age of first drinking has dropped from 16 to 14 in the space of a decade.

“One-in-seven young people (15pc) in this report said they had gotten drunk by the time they had reached the age of 14.

“We also know from other surveys that young people have no problem accessing alcohol and the Unicef survey graphically demonstrates this with one-in-four 16- to 17-year-olds saying they buy alcohol themselves,” she added. - Irish Independent

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