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LOS ANGELES — New research commissioned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) shows that children and teenagers are watching and stumbling across pornography from an early age — in some cases as young as seven or eight.

In preparation for the U.K.’s online age verification mandate’s rollout, the BBFC, as the designated Age Verification Regulator, commissioned the benchmark research in order to report back to parliament on the effectiveness of the program’s approach.

The survey by Revealing Reality included 2,344 parents and young people and showed that more than half (51 percent) of 11 to 13-year-olds reported seeing pornography at some point, rising to 66 percent of 14-15-year-olds.

Among other key findings, most folks reported their first-time watching pornography as “accidental,” with 62 percent of 11-13-year-olds reporting unintentional exposure. Children also described feeling “grossed out” and “confused,” particularly those who had seen pornography when they were under the age of 10.

The report also demonstrated a discrepancy between parents’ views and what children were actually experiencing, with three quarters (75 percent) of parents believing their children have not have seen pornography online, while more than half (53 percent) of their children admitting to seeing porn online.