"I stand with Porn Harms Kids and believe that children shouldn’t be exposed to hardcore pornography"
Add Your Name

About

PORN HARMS KIDS

Addressing the harms of children and young people accessing online pornography

WHO WE ARE

Porn Harm Kids is a registered health promotion charity that mobilises researchers, child development experts, youth welfare authorities, the medical profession, non-profits, social and public policy sectors and members of the community including schools and parents, to work toward a comprehensive solution.

The principal activity of Porn Harms Kids as a health promotion charity is to ‘promote the prevention or control’ of disease(s). This term is used in a broad sense and includes mental, emotional and physical health impacts. Prevention of access to pornography is a vital component of reducing the incidence of harms upon children and young people.

OUR VISION

Our vision is for our children to be supported to develop free from the harms of pornography, and to create lasting and positive change in communities and families impacted by children and young people accessing online pornography.

Porn Harms Kids provides voice for our children and young people, who stand defenceless against potential lifelong detrimental effects from access to pornography. Empirically researched harms include poor mental health; sexism and objectification; sexual aggression and violence; child-on-child sexual abuse; and shaping sexual behaviours.

WHAT WE DO

Porn Harm Kids addresses the harms of children and young people accessing online pornography by promoting interventions that protect children and young people from developing porn-related problems.

Porn Harms Kids has adopted a public health approach to inform a three-pronged framework. Each prong is supported by the implementation of solutions through legislation and policy, digital solutions, and education.

  1. PREVENT access to pornography through advocacy
  2. EQUIP with education through provision of a ‘clearinghouse’ to other providers
  3. RESTORE children and young people harmed by pornography through advocacy and links to specialist support services

PREVENT by reducing access through a range of ‘Digital Child Protection Buffers’. These include home filters and device apps; ISP level blocks; age-verification processes; mobile device restrictions; and safe public WiFi.

EQUIP through education and provision of a ‘clearinghouse’ to other providers. In its broadest sense, education for every sphere of community, including government and non-government organisations; allied health professionals and community leaders; parents, teens and children; schools and universities; cultural and spiritual meeting places; and sporting groups. 

RESTORE by advocating for increased restorative justice processes, therapy and support services, and linking to those services. When a young person is exposed to harmful online content, they may need additional support. Porn Harms Kids has identified that there is a lack of resources, specialists and services to support families who are faced with managing emotional and mental distress and behaviours related to the harms of pornography.

Using this three-pronged framework, we work collaboratively and engage diverse stakeholders to raise awareness of the harms of pornography on children and young people. Responses include:

  • Investigate and action all avenues to limit access of pornographic content by children and young people.

  • Advocate on behalf of children and young people to respond to the harms of online pornography with parents, Government Departments, Internet Service Providers and peak bodies.

  • Promote education that supports protective behaviours, healthy child and youth sexual development and equitable relationships.

  • Network with and link to counselling related and health support services.

  • Create awareness amongst community and parents and providing proactive ways to respond.

We aim to create lasting and positive change in communities and families impacted by children and young people accessing online pornography.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Seven key points were raised at our ground-breaking Australia-first symposium 'Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People' held at UNSW on Feb 9 2016. These seven points underpin our work.

  1. Exposure of children and young people to pornography in Australia has reached critical levels.*

  2. This is having widespread and measurable negative consequences on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children and young people.*

  3. This constitutes a public health crisis, and as such is a concern for the community as a whole.

  4. This crisis has not received adequate public attention, and needs to be publicised as widely as possible as a matter of urgency.

  5. More extensive research should be conducted in Australia to fully explore and document the extent of this crisis.

  6. All avenues must be pursued to explore possible solutions to this crisis, including education, voluntary efforts by relevant industries, and regulation ("Mass media… should not promote material that could harm children", UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 17).

  7. As part of its duty of care to children, the federal government must take the lead in addressing this crisis comprehensively ("Governments should protect [children] from violence, abuse and neglect", UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 19).

INFORMING OUR WORK

The Australian Psychological Association states that the following themes in contemporary porn are of great concern:

  • Men being aggressive and in control; women being happily dominated

  • Acts of aggression including gagging, choking and slapping, directed at women

  • Degradation and humiliation of women

  • Women portrayed as sex objects for men’s sexual pleasure

  • A focus on men getting what they want, with the women there just to please the men

  • A focus on particular types and ways of doing sex which are not reflective of what most people – particularly women – like or want in real life

  • Showing people doing unsafe sexual acts, including multiple partners having unprotected sex.

  • Porn performers with bodies that do not reflect how most people look.

Research shows that online pornography is harming children and teens in various ways, including the following:

  • Children who view porn online are more likely to experience sexual activity at an earlier age and engage in riskier sexual acts in order to emulate what they see in porn.

  • Young boys are also particularly susceptible to endorse violent social attitudes viewed in pornography which may ultimately encourage boys to commit sexual assault and decrease empathy for rape victims.

  • Young women are more likely to expect violence or degrading behaviours from young men.

  • Both young men and women experience increased body dissatisfaction.

  • Habitual / compulsive / addictive use can lead to porn induced erectile dysfunction.

  • Regular users are more likely to engage in sexual behaviours earlier, show a limited capacity for intimacy and experience less sexual enjoyment from real life behaviours.

  • Adolescents who regularly watch porn:

    • are more likely to have increased anxiety and depression

    • are less likely to follow rules

    • report difficulties in relationships

    • engage in riskier sexual behaviours that increase susceptibility to Sexually Transmitted Infections, injuries and other health problems

Access our Statement of Research relating to pornography harms to children.

Porn Harms Kids acknowledges that pornography is available in various forms and is mostly driven by media and porn industries in a way that exploits and commodifies women and men; devalues people; alters perception of sex, gender and relationships; and is linked to a range of interpersonal difficulties. In order for Porn Harms Kids to address the harms of children and young people accessing online pornography, it is often necessary to critique the environment that has now become known as ‘porn culture’.

MEET THE TEAM

Chair: Liz Walker

Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker, author, and Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed: the global lead in solving the public health crisis of the digital age. Liz has extensive experience in children and youth sexual health education through her role as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project

Vice Chair: Coralie Alison

Coralie Alison is an active campaigner and a Director of Collective Shout

Board Member: Tamara Newlands

ACNC_Registered_Charity_Tick.JPG


For information about Porn Harms Kids in New Zealand sign up here

 

Add Your Name

Their Future. Your Voice.

I pledge to stand for…

  • A world where kids can grow up without being harmed by accessing graphic, violent online pornography
  • Prevention of children’s access to pornography through digital child protection buffers
  • Updated legislation and education to address pornography as a public health crisis that increases children and young people's vulnerabilities to sexual harms

Learn more

1,693 NAMES Added
GOAL – 10,000 names

Will you sign?