Top public school attended by Tony Blair puts porn on the curriculum

Move comes amid fears porn addiction could harm student's studies and mental health

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Tony Blair's former school will provide "porn awareness" classes following fears over the negative effects porn addiction can have on pupils. 

Fettes College in Edinburgh has invited an internet porn expert Mary Sharpe to address students there later this year, The Sunday Times reports.

Ms Sharpe is a lawyer and founder of The Reward Foundation, which promotes healthy relationships and has spoken to thousands of young men about the impacts of porn addiction.

She has already given classes at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh and Dollar Academy in Stirling.

“These schools realise the damaging effect hardcore pornography can have on their pupils, in terms of their mental health and their studies,” Ms Sharpe told The Sunday Times.

Previous studies have found people who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug addicts.

The Government has also unveiled plans for age verification on porn websites, set to come into force in 2017.

Owners of adult sites could be fined up to £250,000 if they don't check people's ages.

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