This paper presents findings about young people’s experiences with online pornography. It draws on data from the first national survey of secondary school boys and girls regarding their attitudes and feelings about online pornography, whether viewing it deliberately or accidentally. To our knowledge, this is the most extensive survey of 11-16 year olds regarding online pornography. The sample is representative of the four nations of the UK and includes boys and girls. The project was designed and run by academics from Middlesex University. It was implemented in conjunction with ResearchBods. The design employed a Delphi1 type approach (Linstone & Turoff, 2002) and consisted of:

1. An online discussion forum and four online focus groups with 34 children and young people (11-16) from across the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) to inform the design of a survey and identify emerging issues. The initial discussion forum and focus groups were segregated by age;

2. An online survey with 1001 children and young people (11-16) across the United Kingdom;

3. Six online focus groups with 40 children and young people (11-16) from across the United Kingdom, to provide more in-depth information on elements of the online survey findings. These groups were segregated by both age and gender.


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