Former Truro mayor: Childhood has changed beyond all recognition
A FORMER mayor of Truro said the pressure placed on young children to have sex brought her to tears.
Armorel Carlyon feared parents have had their responsibility taken away from them when it came to sex education among children.
Mrs Carlyon said: "The parents are supposedly responsible for their children until they are 16.
"The parents are no longer able to take responsibility because it has been taken away from them.
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"We don't know what goes on in classrooms anymore."
Mrs Carlyon was in agreement with health professionals regarding the overwhelming pressure on children to be sexually active.
She said: "You can't blame the children – they are bombarded by the television and internet.
"I feel they are living under great pressure.
"They have televisions in their bedrooms and iPhones in their hands.
"Some people will be broken-hearted to hear what is happening."
Mrs Carlyon said experiences of childhood had changed beyond recognition over the past 50 years.
She said: "There's no comparison between my childhood and things today. Children under 16 can be doing what they like and it's a sad state of affairs."