Why lockdown has made it so much easier for kids to be exposed to porn – and what you can do as a worried parent

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Studies show that kids exposure to porn is happening a lot earlier than the teen years. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Studies show that kids exposure to porn is happening a lot earlier than the teen years. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

He’d meant to be more careful with his phone. He knew his five-year-old daughter had started using it to play games sometimes when she found it lying around. But some evenings he was so tired getting home from work he simply plonked it down on his nightstand and forgot about it.

He doesn’t know exactly when it happened, or how many times, but what his child found while scrolling on her father’s device has probably scarred her mind forever.

She came across porn videos. And she was so intrigued by it, she started searching for pornography on her own device, somehow figuring out keywords to find it.

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