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Electronic media:- How does the use of electronic media affect harmful sexual behaviour?

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Why this is important:- The reasons behind the growth in online grooming, the viewing of online pornography, and the making and distributing of sexual images is poorly understood. There have been few studies into the links between aggressive behaviour, sexual offending and the use of electronic media.
Longitudinal studies are needed to understand the impact electronic media has on sexual behaviour and on the general values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of children and young people. Research is also needed on its long-term impact on children and young people's social and psychological development. Such research could provide evidence on how best to assess, intervene and manage the risks associated with the use of electronic media in this area.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people
Date issued
September 2016

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/09/2016