A mother was horrified to discover that her 13-year-old daughter and a friend had read an X-rated e-book and were discussing how to make a sex tape.
Daily Mail reports that 45-year-old Melissa Crighton of North London is now demanding that e-books have a rating system to protect children from adult material.
Crighton caught her child and her friend reading aloud from "It's All About The Sex Face: A Guide To Becoming A Celebrity."
The explicit manual, which costs under a dollar to download from Amazon, gives tips on how to produce a sex tape that will achieve instant fame.
The NSPCC, U.K.'s charity to fight child abuse, is now reportedly urging all parents to monitor what e-books their children purchase and saying that all book retailers have a responsibility to prevent children from buying adult-themed material.
"They were reading out the steps in the book about how to make a sex tape - how to produce it, how to get a co-star and how to leak it," Crighton told Daily Mail. "I interrupted them and took the Kindle away and I spoke to them and said, 'This is not a book you should be reading.' "
Crighton said the e-book was downloaded by her daughter's friend on her mother's Kindle. After she told the other mother what happened, the book was deleted.
"I think for kids a novel on a Kindle seems more like an app, something you can quickly download," said the furious mother. "It's more accessible than going into a shop, so it's more difficult to monitor what children are reading. The Government should do something where they get publishers to say what is in the book or give them a rating."
Though "gentle age ratings" are included in some children's books, e-book publishers are currently not under any obligation to put warning labels on adult literature.
Jon Brown of the NSPCC said, "It is really important to talk to your children about the risks that are out there either online or offline, in an age-appropriate way and without frightening them."
"Speak to them specifically about the risks of making a 'sex tape' and if it did get into the wrong hands, it could go viral online. Book retailers on or offline have a responsibility not to sell over 18 material to children and young people under 18."
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