Most parents fail to act on pornography

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 August, 1998, 12:00am

More than 80 per cent of parents fear their children are being exposed to pornographic literature but only a minority have tried to prevent it, a survey revealed.

A Boys and Girls Association survey of 325 parents, mostly women, showed that 85.2 per cent bought Chinese-language newspapers.

Of these, 81.2 per cent felt the papers contained pornography, with half regarding the situation as serious. Only 30 per cent of parents removed offending pages.

Mother of two Heung Lau Sin-fong said many parents were unhappy about what they see in the papers but didn't complain. 'My children are not interested in such photos at the moment. But all they need is a little influence from their friends.' Director of the Association Justina Leung Ngai Mou-yin said tighter government measures were needed. The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority received 146 complaints this year compared with a total of 153 in 1997. These all referred to papers and included comments about pornography, violence and articles.