Claire Foot

Teenage Sex -

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Each week we face sensationalist media headlines about the danger of online predators and paedophiles who stalk the internet to prey on children.

These fuel the culture of fear that gathers pace with each new story - frightening parents who feel powerless as many are nowhere near as net savvy as their offspring.

The British government-commissioned Byron Review, published recently, is in part a response to this fear. Dr Tanya Byron has adopted a sensible approach to helping protect minors in a digital age, but the report will no doubt be taken out of context, inadvertently helping to drive the call for censorship and curbs on the freedom to disseminate information.

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