Pornography: Young People

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent young teenagers having access and becoming addicted to pornography.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

Helping parents to protect their children from inappropriate and harmful content online remains a top priority, with measures implemented under the previous Government including easy to use parental control filters in the home. The Government also made a commitment in the election manifesto to require age verification for access to sites containing pornographic material. It is considering its approach to delivering this commitment, and will share its plans in due course. Ministers will engage with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and other key stakeholders as they develop this policy.

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