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Hello! Welcome to BBC Xtra English!

Today Alice joins Reda to talk about the a very serious issue which is concerning the British Government.

The Government is considering a block on all internet pornography.

Although pornography has been around for generations it can be very harmful and its effects are believed to be damaging to children. Nowadays pornography is much more realistic and violent than it used to be.

It is also more accessible as teenagers and children can access it via their computers and mobile phones.

There’s a fear that soon it will be available on televisions in the home as well.

Parents and teachers have tried with the best will in the world to prevent children from accessing these unsuitable materials but say it’s extremely difficult with today’s culture.

The problem has escalated with the culture of young people today because even if the child doesn’t have access to the material, others might show it to them and they will look because they don’t like feeling left out.

Sadly, many teenagers are already addicted to internet porn – as a result they have become mentally damaged and find it difficult to engage in intimate relationships.

The behaviour of young people is also affected by pornographic material and it is often realistic and violent and these children will have a negative effect on others. The government is considering asking internet providers to block all pornography, unless a customer asks for it specifically. Some experts say that it would be too difficult to monitor domain names as sites are popping up all over the place.

Is this form of censorship ok or is it a slippery slope?

Is it something we can really do to protect our children?

جهازك لا يدعم تشغيل الفيديو

For generations

لأجيال

damaging

ضارة/تلحق ضررا

realistic

واقعي

violent

عنيف

with the best will

كأفضل ما يستطيعون

unsuitable

غير مناسب

extremely difficult

صعب صعوبة جمة

the culture of young people

ما يشيع بين الشباب (ثقافة الشباب)

feeling left out

يشعرون بأنهم ليسوا على دراية بشيء ما، مستبعدون من شيء ما.

addicted

مدمن لشيء/على شيء

mentally damaged

لحق بهم ضرر عقلي/آثار عقلية سيئة

to engage in intimate relationships

الدخول في علاقات حميمة

a negative effect

تأثير سلبي

popping up

تظهر (باستمرار أو بكثرة)

censorship

رقابة

slippery slope

لن يتوقف الأمر عند هذا الحد.