Research by a team of psychologists has found that of teachers report an increase in the frequency and intensity of sexually inappropriate behavior by their pupils.
Dr Frank McGuire is reporting these findings today, X December 2013, to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology in York
Dr McGuire and his colleagues at Alder Hey Children's Foundation Trust, Liverpool, interviewed 22 teachers drawn from primary, secondary and special schools. The majority of respondents reported an increase in sexualized behavior in children, ranging from sexual language to coercive acts.
Dr McGuire said: "Across all interviews there were concerns about the sexualization of children and the use of social networking as detrimental to the well-being of young people. There was also a clear feeling that the boundaries and parameters of children's ideas about what is right and wrong may be undergoing change as cultural and technological influences take hold.
"Teachers want to help, but despite examples of good practice, they report that a lack of training and guidance limited in their ability to meet the needs of pupils. "
Dr McGuire added: "Although schools are central in responding to this challenge it is unreasonable to expect them do this alone. it is imperative other agencies support them in a coordinated manner."
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