The boy who saw too much


When her 11-year-old son was exposed to a violent porn video online, Lizi Patch was left to explain adult concepts to a confused child.

The other week, my son told me he had watched something horrible online. Something sexual, in which the young women involved seemed coerced into an act that was brutal and disgusting, not just to an uninitiated 11-year-old, prone to anxiety, but to anyone with a shred of humanity. Something that was instantly viewable at the touch of a smartphone button. Something I now know many have already seen.

He watched it because one of his new friends told him he should - because it was "funny". He was finding it hard to make friends at his new secondary school and wanted to fit in. He didn't know what he was going to see.

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