MP campaigns against porn

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Rotherham MP Denis MacShane is urging government ministers to control children’s access to hard-core internet porn by blocking its availability on computers, iPhones, blackberries and 3G phones used by youngsters.

Together with other MPs, MacShane is calling on BT, Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and Orange to make it impossible to access hard-core porn unless the user goes through prior screening process to ascertain age.

“We heard reports that children in primary school were watching on average eight minutes of hard-core porn a week,” he said. “This sexualisation of children destroys childhood and encourages a degrading image of girls and women as the sex objects of males.”

Three quarters of five to seven-year-olds claim to use the internet regularly.