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An indisputable trend now, I would say:

New research has revealed that many teachers are becoming increasingly concerned about the sexualisation of children, with a growing number of their pupils displaying behaviour that they view as inappropriate.

A team at Alder Hey Children's Foundation Trust in Liverpool interviewed 22 teachers from primary, secondary and special schools. They found that a majority reported an increase in the frequency and intensity of sexualised conduct, including lewd language and pressuring behaviour.

Social networks and the wider media were seen as contributing to this, with children's ideas of right and wrong being changed by cultural and technological influences.

The study also suggested that not enough is being done to help teachers in fighting this.

Presenting the findings at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology in York, lead author Dr Frank McGuire said: "Teachers want to help, but despite examples of good practice, they report that a lack of training and guidance [limits] their ability to meet the needs of pupils." [Rest.]

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