Children as young as nine are using internet chatrooms to talk about their sexual encounters, and, in most cases, their parents have no idea what they are up to, a study of pre-teen girls shows.
There is growing concern about sexualisation of “tweenies” - youngsters between childhood and the teenage years - via the internet, magazines, clothes, music, TV and cosmetic products.
The five-year study, the first of its kind, looked into the sexual behaviour of 1,300 pre-teens, and revealed that, on the internet at least, young girls’ lives are “filled with sexual behaviour of one sort or another”. It concludes that almost all parents are “virtually clueless” about what their daughters are up to. Read More.