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PORN HARMS KIDS

Addressing the harms of children and young people accessing online pornography

WHO WE ARE

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

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).

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.  

Using a multi-pronged approach, 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.

  • Promoting 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.

  • Creating 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.

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

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

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I pledge to stand for…

  • A world where children can grow up without being psychologically harmed by accessing graphic, violent pornography online
  • Prevention of children’s access, given that porn is linked to increased risks of STIs and other harmful physical and relational outcomes
  • Higher standards for ISPs, tech and porn companies to implement technology-related child protection buffers to block harmful pornographic content
  • Adults, including the Australian Government, to exercise due diligence to protect children

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