Most of us can remember the dawning of the new millennium. The world breathed a collective sigh of relief as the Y2K nightmare did not eventuate and looked with anticipation to what the future would hold.Read more
In response to the British Parliament creating ‘a new requirement in law’, a flurry of news articles surfaced to discuss what age-verification measures for porn sites might look like. The implementation of this UK law sees pornography sites fined and blocked by ISPs if they fail to implement robust age-verification processes for their users by April 2018.
Opponents to this move are quick to point out potential implications for the privacy of internet users, namely porn users. It is important to understand how age-verification measures benefit children, and why the myths presented in opposition are easily dispelled.Read more
Software forcing porn website users to verify their age has been introduced in Britain and cyber safety experts say similar laws could be used to protect Australian children.Read more
Advocating for children and young people’s rights to a safe online environment is at times, challenging. Given there are so many different ways in which harmful content reaches our children, people often throw their hands in the air and cry there is nothing that can be done to uniformly block porn. The excuses come thick and fast from those most able to make change. Namely, politicians and tech companies (and of course, porn harms deniers). The reality is, however, that if we want our society to thrive, we cannot afford to do ‘nothing’.Read more
The sexualisation of children and their easy access to online pornography is helping drive a significant jump in student-on-student sexual and indecent assault allegations at school, a leading psychologist warns.
In NSW government schools alone, the number of alleged student-on-student attacks rose from 90 incidents in 2015 to 142 last year. In the first five months of this year, 87 allegations of sexual and indecent assault in primary and secondary schools involving students were made.
The figures, released under freedom of information laws, reveals the number of alleged incidents involving the very young is also increasing.
In 2015, there were two allegations of sexual assault involving NSW primary-school students on other students. This rose to 14 incidents last year, and seven allegations involving primary schoolers were made by May.Read more
Luke Howarth MP: The risk to children posed by easy access to online violent sexually explicit material
Luke Howarth - Federation Chamber - May 22, 2017
Liz Walker, Chair of Porn Harms Kids in Australia, speaks with Lyrella Cochrane from ABC Radio Darwin and the Northern Territory. We discuss what happens when children see hardcore online pornography, why it's a public health crisis, and how the Australian Government is failing to protect children from harms they openly acknowledge.Read more
If someone tries to bring a suitcase of Refused Classification (RC) DVDs through customs, they will be refused entry. Relating to sex, RC films: depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults. The RC definition also refers to Child Exploitation Material (CEM), or any films that promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence. With this in mind, if you plan on visiting your Federal MP to ask what they are doing to uphold their due diligence obligation towards children, we advise that you go armed with some pressing questions.Read more
The problem of sexual exploitation is enormous.But at the same time, new opportunities to take back ground are emerging as societies around the globe recognise that what is needed to beat this insidious form of exploitation is a proactive, co-ordinated, multi-agency approach.Now, more than ever, the growing movement to end sexual exploitation needs to work together to establish a new norm – a world free of all forms of exploitation.The Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation on May 5-6 2017 brought together leaders from this movement, along with special guest speakers to equip, encourage and inspire.