Legislation and Policy Solutions form one component out of three, within our Stage 1 Action Plan 2017-2020, detailed in The Porn Harms Kids Report - protecting our kids from online pornography harms is everyone's business. The Stage 1 Action Plan brings together the core components of digital protection buffers, and cross sector, nationwide educational strategies that are fundamentally supported by legislation, policy and national frameworks.
Legislation and policy collectively underpin the operations of every small-to-medium size business, government and non-government department, non-profit, company, large corporation, state and nation. When an entity functions smoothly, it is pointless to invest time and resources into adjusting legislation and policy. However, when entities are making losses (of any measure), one of the first places for scrutiny would be to understand ‘what’ the cost is; followed by review of the mechanism that facilitates this loss.
In the instance of pornography, the loss is first and foremost to our children, and the cost burdens (mental, physical, emotional, relational, social and financial) are rapidly accumulating. The mechanism that facilitates this ongoing burden is failed legislation and policy.
Whenever an entity has direct or indirect influence with children and young people, there exists opportunities to strengthen responses and adjust the mechanism of legislation and policy. This includes (but is not limited to) child and youth services, educational sectors, mental health and allied health professions, government and non-government sectors; and sporting and community groups. Areas relevant to each entity for considered change may include:
- national frameworks
- codes of practice
- reporting processes of harms
- regulatory body responses, and
- justice and governance measures
Stakeholders within each sector are best positioned to consider how a response to the harms of children and young people may be met through these changes with the knowledge of a public health approach and critical porn analysis.
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