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Children as young as six years old have been found to view pornographic content according to the ISPCC.

 

According to ISPCC’s annual report, more than 420,000 calls were made to them last year seeking help.

 

The reasons children are calling vary from low self-esteem to early sexualisation.

 

CEO of ISPCC, Grainia Long shockingly revealed on Newstalk this morning the number one concern of her staff who speak to children every day saying:

 

"When I ask volunteers in Childline 'what are the things you're worried about?', without hesitation they say children using pornography and children calling using highly sexualised language.

 

"They know the difference between a child who is trying to find out about sex and wants to use certain language, and a child who is viewing pornography."

 

 

Grainia said that she has seen cases of children as young as six who have been viewing pornography.

 

But does she think there should be a ban in place?

 

Not necessarily, Grainia wants the Government to immediately put a cyber safety strategy in place.

 

"Technology in itself is not a bad thing, and we've always said technology in the right way with children helps them to network, helps them to make friends - but it's how technology is used.

 

“I think we need a national debate and conversation."

 

 

ISPCC released their annual report today which also highlighted the terrible backlog of children waiting to see psychologists.

 

Grainia said the growing numbers “tells us how much children are suffering in terms of their mental health.

 

“It also tells us how much work we have to do in order to respond to those needs.”

 

Revealing the shocking truth about the waiting lists and how things only seem to be getting worse.

 

"It is not unusual for a child to wait 18 months for an appointment with a psychologist.

 

“We've had cases recently of children in real and urgent distress who have waited four weeks for an emergency appointment for a psychiatrist.

 

"It's unacceptable, it's no question. I've been looking at these figures since I've worked at the ISPCC for 18 months, and they're going the wrong direction.”

 

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