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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

Mark Bridger leaves Mold Crown Court

Google and internet service providers urged to do more to block child pornography in wake of April Jones murder trial

Mark Bridger's most visited websites showed violent images of murders, beheadings and dead children

Mark Bridger leaves Mold Crown Court

Poll: After Mark Bridger's conviction for the murder of April Jones, should Google do more to stop child porn?

During the trial of Mark Bridger for the sexually motivated murder of 5-year-old April Jones, details emerged of Bridger's use of online child porn.

Mark Bridger guilty of murdering April Jones: Judge's sentencing speech in full

Mark Bridger was described as a paedophile and a “pathological and glib liar” as he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail by Mr Justice Griffith Williams.

Review: Wrecked, By Charlotte Roche

A marriage dissected in graphic detail

A red neon light illuminates a shop in Soho

Sex shop chain in Soho wins landmark legal battle against Westminster Council over license fees

A sex shop chain in Soho has won a major victory against license fees charged by Westminster City Council, in a landmark decision that the council believe could "open the flood gates for illegal pornography."

Nine out of 10 schoolchildren have watched pornography online, new research suggests

Children raised 'on diet of porn' more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour, warns report

Children who access pornography are more likely to have sex at a younger age and engage in “risky behaviours”, a report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner has warned.

Teachers are calling for specialist training on how to deliver lessons about the dangers of pornography

Headteachers want four-year-olds to be taught about dangers of porn

Teaching union warns that sex on TV and the internet is robbing children of innocence

Joe Wright and Keira Knightley at the premiere Anna Karenina

Directing Fifty Shades of Grey: If Joe Wright gets the job, does it mean Keira Knightley for Anastasia Steele?

The British filmmaker, who seems to cast Keira Knighley in all his projects, looks set to take the most anticipated directing gig in Hollywood

Teachers are calling for specialist training on how to deliver lessons about the dangers of pornography

Poor sex education leaves pupils prey to exploitation say school inspectors

Lessons in secondary schools concentrate too often on 'mechanics' of reproduction instead of importance of healthy relationships

Mark Bridger described how he 'accidently' crushed the little girl to death in his Land Rover

April Jones murder suspect Mark Bridger : I’m sorry – I ran her over but can’t remember what I did with her body

Prosecution claims DNA which may have come from April was found on murder accused's trousers

TorrentFreak.com claimed a number of films, including some starring transsexual porn star Tiffany Starr, were discovered on a list of torrents downloaded in the Vatican City

Vatican pornography: Transsexual adult films 'downloaded on computers within Catholic Church headquarters'

The films were discovered on a list of torrents that TorrentFreak.com claims were downloaded on computers within in the tiny city-state

Lizi Patch says her son became withdrawn and sullen after watching pornography online

The day my 11-year-old son found violent porn on the web

Nine out of 10 schoolchildren have watched pornography online, new research suggests.  One mother, Lizi Patch, reveals the horrifying effect a ‘funny’ video had on her son

Teachers are calling for specialist training on how to deliver lessons about the dangers of pornography

Train us to deliver lessons on dangers of pornography, plead teachers

'For many young people, pornography now precedes sex'

A new genre of literature

Bonnet rippers: a new kind of romantic fiction

This week I learnt about a new genre of literature. In a fascinating article in the LA Review of Books, writer Valerie Weaver-Zercher explored the growing popularity of Amish romance novels (including the ones pictured). The headline? Bonnet Rippers. I LOVE it. An update on the bodice ripper, but so much more chaste.

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