A striking league table has shown that Facebook and YouTube are the worst offenders when it comes to exposing children to some of the darkest and most adult themes on the internet.Read more
When families are supported with services, resources, education and strategies, children gain tools to develop into thriving members of community. Modern parenting presents unique challenges, particularly with children’s easy accessibility to harmful online pornography. To counteract disconnection, families need more support than ever to provide positive alternatives and a safe haven for kids. - Liz WalkerRead more
This update is courtesy of John Carr, Secretary for the UK Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety.Read more
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