The National Association of Headteachers say school children need to be taught about the impact of porn as part of the national curriculum.

They believe much of the sex education that young people access online is 'out of date' and policy adviser Sion Humphreys said: "Children are growing up in an overtly sexualised world.

"That includes easy access to porn and they need the skills to deal with it. we would support children being taught in an age-appropriate way about the impact of pornography as part of a statutory Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) programme. "

However, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) says referring to porn in lessons is a step too far and should only be discussed if students approach it.

The Department of Education don't currently have a specific policy on porn lessons but say it is up to schools to work with parents on what sort of sex education they deliver.

NAHT have suggested that lessons could start from primary school but material should be age dependent.

"Evidence suggests 10 isn't too young to start lessons on pornography, but it wouldn't be a full on lesson but the grounding would be laid down," Mr Humphreys added.

At the moment, PSHE, which includes sex and relationships education, is not compulsory in England unlike other parts of the UK.

Posted 23/10/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com