We believe that every child in Australia deserves a porn free childhood
This is the reality: with 24/7 access to hardcore porn, we are currently failing our kids. Without intervention, education and support, pornography’s impact on children and young people can include poor mental health, sexism and objectification, sexual aggression and violence, child-on-child sexual abuse, and shaping sexual behaviours.
At present, eChildhood is the only not-for-profit organisation in Australia to adopt and mobilise a public health response to address pornography impacts for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
To connect the community to protect, support and equip children, and young people, to be free from pornography harms, through the promotion of Digital Child Protection Buffers and mobilising a Public Health Response.
Our principal activity
eChildhood is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with DGR status. The principal activity of eChildhood, 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.
Problems we address
Minors in Australia currently have 24/7 unrestricted access to hardcore online pornography. Researched harms are outlined in the eChildhood Statement of Research Relating to Pornography Harms on Children:
- poor mental health
- sexism and objectification
- sexual aggression and violence
- child-on-child sexual abuse
- shaping sexual behaviours
eChildhood is working towards Australia being a place where kids can grow up without unrestricted access to graphic, violent online pornography and sexual exploitation material on the internet. We want a safer digital future for our children—achieved through coordinated legislation, policy, digital, education, and therapeutic solutions that recognise and respond to the ways that porn harms kids.
eChildhood was formerly known as Porn Harms Kids and navigated a transition period of name change throughout February/March 2018.
Co-founded by Tamara Newlands, Coralie Alison and Liz Walker, the organisation gained charity status January 16, 2017 and is managed by a passionate, dedicated, and collaborative volunteer board. Since inception, the charity produced two key documents that have contributed to the importance of having this National conversation - the Statement of Research Relating to Pornography Harms to Children, and The Porn Harms Kids Report: Protecting our kids from online pornography harms is everyone’s business. The charity has also formed strong relationships with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner; other community organisations, researchers and key stakeholders; and is positioned to contribute child safety perspectives related to pornography harms to both The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, and The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
eChildhood appointed Board Member Tamara Newlands as Executive Director to carry out the day to day operations and management of the charity. In this role Tamara builds key relationships, nationally and internationally, and champions the work of eChildhood to ensure the ongoing viability of the charity. In consultation and with support of the volunteer Board Members and Expert Advisors, Tamara is initiating a well-considered strategy involving Digital, Legislative, Education and Therapeutic Solutions, aimed at improving children and young people’s mental and physical health outcomes, decreasing vulnerabilities to exploitation related to pornography harms, and increasing child protection measures.
Informing our work
Seven key points were raised at our groundbreaking Australia-first symposium Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People held at UNSW on Feb 9 2016. This symposium inspired the establishment of eChildhood as a registered health promotion charity, and the resulting seven key points underpin our work.
Exposure of children and young people to pornography in Australia has reached critical levels.*
This is having widespread and measurable negative consequences on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children and young people.*
This constitutes a public health issue, and as such is a concern for the community as a whole.
This issue has not received adequate public attention, and needs to be publicised as widely as possible as a matter of urgency.
More extensive research must be conducted in Australia to fully explore and document the extent of this crisis.
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).
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).
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