Charities have blamed the easy availability of online pornography for the revelations that child on child sexual assaults have soared by more than 70% over the last four years, with nearly 500 of the 30,000 complaints against schoolchildren in the last four years concerning 10 year-olds and younger. This figure included 225 alleged rapes.

Addiction charity The Reward Foundation has warned that sex acts featured online teach those watching them to want to carry out those acts. While the NSPCC has revealed that a third of all child sexual offences are carried out by children. Teachers have a legal duty to report allegations of sexual assault on children by adults, but not when the assault is by other children.

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