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5 Myths About Online Pornography Age-Verification

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.

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No need to feel powerless

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’.

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Australia moves to protect the age of innocence

The future for Australia's children is looking brighter. 

At eChildhood, we are super excited about today's announcement by the Parliamentary Committee of its  support for the implementation of online Age Verification for online pornography here in Australia.

We are so grateful for all the support from our volunteers, supporters and partners over the years. It's so inspiring to see the fruit of passionate people collaborating to bring a strong and clear voice for the children's right to a porn-free childhood. 

The next steps will see the eSafety Commissioner leading the development of a road map for bringing in mandatory age verification of online pornography sites.

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UK AV announcement is a side-step, not a step-down

As news ripples around the world of the UK side-stepping Age Verification, it’s important to get the facts right. The UK’s announcement is not a step-down from Age Verification but merely a side-step. 

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Australian Government Moves Towards Age Verification

The Federal Government has announced an inquiry into age verification for online wagering and online pornography. We welcome the government's strong leadership on this issue and note the cross-party representation on the committee. This is an important first step and one we must all support to create a safer online childhood for children. The Federal House of Representatives is inviting written submissions, addressing one or more of the terms of reference for this inquiry, to be received by Friday, 25 October 2019. Access the Terms of Reference here

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Child-on-child abuse learnt on the internet

A quarter of all child sexual abuse cases involve another child, new research reveals, with much of the behaviour being learnt on the internet.

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The things our kids are learning

In the discussion about porn, it often seems that adults are speaking on behalf of young people. 

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Urgent action needed to keep our kids safe on the Wild West of the internet

It’s disturbing how our children are being robbed of their innocence every single day by a simple wrong click of a button when surfing the Wild West of the internet without a digital sheriff.

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Problematic sexual behaviour among young children raises concerns for educators

A national survey by University of South Australia researchers has exposed serious gaps in the ability of early childhood teachers, primary educators and carers to identify and respond to young children displaying “problematic sexual behaviours”. 

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Sex, violence and misogyny: We need to talk to our children about porn

What have we done to our teenagers by giving them the means to watch extreme pornography? ...the dark smartphone habit no parent wants to contemplate.

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