Childline, the charity founded by the NSPCC to protect children – including from sexual abuse – offers affirming advice to children aged 12+ about pornography.

The DfE recommends Childline and the NSPCC in its statutory guidance document, Keeping children safe in education. The Department provided the NSPCC with a grant of £8 million over four years to 2020, which included a contribution to funding Childline. Between 2011 and 2015, the NSPCC was awarded a grant worth £11.2 million for Childline and the NSPCC Helpline.

Childline’s website says:

Lots of people watch porn, which is okay.

Watching porn is a choice, and whether you choose to watch it or not is completely normal. Only you can decide if watching porn is something you feel comfortable about.

This video, WTF is Porn?, was sponsored by Childline:

Video WTF is Porn? by TomSka

Childline’s website also advises the following on masturbation:

No matter what your gender is, there’s nothing wrong with masturbating. And people can start masturbating at any age.

Masturbation is when you touch your genitals or other parts of your body to become sexually aroused. There’s no right or wrong way to masturbate and everyone is different.

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