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Senate hands down their report on 'Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet'

Last week the Environment and Communications References Committee released their report on the Inquiry into 'Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet'. 

There were four recommendations:

List of recommendations 

Recommendation 1 

4.15 The committee recommends that the Australian government commission dedicated research into the exposure of Australian children and young people to online pornography and other pornographic material. 

Recommendation 2 

4.16 Following completion of the research referred to in recommendation 1, the committee recommends that the Australian government commission an expert panel to make recommendations to the government regarding possible policy measures. The panel should include experts in a range of relevant fields, including child protection, children's online safety, education, law enforcement and trends in internet usage. 

Recommendation 3 

4.17 The committee recommends that state and territory governments consider the adequacy of: 

• their current policies on, and responses to, allegations of sexual abuse perpetrated by children within schools; and 

• the training on child protection matters provided to individuals employed in, or preparing for employment in, roles that could involve children. 

Recommendation 4 

4.18 The committee recommends that the Australian government consider the adequacy of the information available to parents, guardians and teachers on how to keep children safe online, including whether existing resources such as the Office of the eSafety Commissioner's iParent website can be promoted more effectively. 

 Click below to read the full report

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