Hardcore sites spur child stress disorder: Kids suffering same PTSD symptoms as combat vets, says expert

EXPOSURE to explicit images of sex, torture and self-harm online is putting children at risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) similar to the experience of combat veterans, groundbreaking new research from world-renowned cybercrime expert Professor Mary Aiken has found. Speaking on the publication of her new research on PTSD and virtual reality exposure therapy in civilian and military populations, Ms Aiken, said "legal but age-inappropriate content" is one of the "biggest problems" facing modern society. Now she is calling on the Government and service providers to take "urgent action" to protect young people from harmful content online. "We know that witnessing events that involve people hurting other people can lead to PTSD in children.

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