'Children caught watching porn at school need to be educated, not excluded'

'Children excluded for sexual misconduct need better sex education'

Some children are being excluded for sexual misconduct (Stock image)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Children involved in sexual misconduct at school need to be educated so they understand more about sex, not simply thrown out, according to a journalist.

A freedom of information request has shown that, over the past four years, schools in England excluded 700 children for sexual misconduct, with some being as young as five. This includes watching pornography. 

Nichi Hodgson, who writes about sex issues, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I’m really concerned about the amount of exclusion that’s going on rather than education.

"Really the issue is that they don’t have enough base sex education and knowledge by which to interpret what they’re viewing."

She believes it's "completely impossible, I think, for a lot of adults to imagine what it’s like to have been born into a world with content available all the time.

"There are actually lots of avenues for our kids to come across this material, that’s probably more worrying."

Listen to the full interview above

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