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PM: More parental control over porn

All parents have to learn more about how to protect their children from accessing pornography on the internet, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.

Mr Cameron admitted that he was still "grappling" with how to talk with his own children about the dangers of internet porn.

Sex and relationship education in schools must also address the issue of internet porn said the Prime Minister, though he agreed with Education Secretary Michael Gove that there was no need for "wholesale reform" of the curriculum.

Mr Cameron said: "We need to make sure we are up to date on the problems of the internet.

"Where I absolutely agree with the Education Secretary is that I am not looking for wholesale reform of the curriculum on sex education. We should be alert to those points and make those changes, but I don't think we need wholesale reform."

Asked whether parents should play their part in educating children about cyber-porn, rather than leaving the issue to teachers, Mr Cameron said: "We have all got to get involved because of the internet. We all have to learn more about the internet, the dangers of the internet, the issue of access for children."

Parents need to be ready to talk to their children about porn and to educate themselves about the use of parental controls to limit what their children can access, said the Prime Minister.

"This is where sex and relationship education at school can help," he said. "But because so much computer access goes on in the home, I am afraid we are all going to have to get better at understanding all these issues around parental controls.

"We are all going to have to ask ourselves questions about what it is OK for children to access and when. I am grappling with this myself."

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