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Allsopp urges NSPCC to act on porn

TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp has revealed that she bans her sons from using the internet in their bedrooms and accused charity the NSPCC of not doing to enough to prevent children from viewing porn online.

The Location, Location, Location star spoke out after a report for the NSPCC's ChildLine service found that 12% of children aged 12 to 13 have made or been part of a sexually explicit video.

Allsopp, 43, who has two sons, aged eight and six, tweeted: " Would you take your 12-year-old to a porn shop and say 'take your pick?'

"If you allow free access to the Internet that's what you are doing."

She wrote: "We have a strict rule, no internet connected devices in bedrooms. Kids tend not to look at porn, or beheading videos, in the kitchen!"

After listening to Peter Liver, the director of Childline Services, on Radio 4's Today programme Allsopp said that the charity needed to do more.

"Shocked by utterly inadequate response from @NSPCC to their own report. Where was advice on protecting kids from online porn?," she wrote.

"When is NSPCC going to say 'protect your children from viewing it online'. A chat with your child won't crack it."

Her comments come after screen stars Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory revealed that they forbid their two children from using computers during the week.

The couple also impose a "10-minute rule" for weekends, fearing their nine and eight-year-old boys will be unable to express themselves if they overuse technology.

Peaky Blinders actress McCrory told Stella magazine: "I want the children I meet to be less interested in staring at a computer screen and more interested in talking to me.

"There's a whole generation of children growing up who don't seem able to express themselves."

Mr Liver defended ChildLine's methods.

"The ChildLine campaign is targeting teens as most have smart phones these days so home filtering systems only go part of the way to solving access issues," he said.

"Young people are curious so it's important to make sure they are aware of the potentially harmful impact of watching porn.

"Parents need to be aware of how their children get online, and our advice recommends filters are in place on their internet devices.

"But technology isn't the only solution and that's why we recommend parents talking to their children, and making sure they know it's OK to seek help if they are upset about seeing online porn."

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