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Extreme internet porn is fuelling a surge in sex attacks by children

Number of under-17s convicted of rape almost doubles in four years

Extreme pornography is fuelling an alarming rise in the number of child rapists, a minister has warned.

Criminal convictions for rape by those aged under 17 have almost doubled in just four years, according to the latest figures.

Experts said vile internet material was influencing children to act out the depraved scenes they saw on mobile phones or tablets.

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Internet addiction: are your kids at risk?

Warning: no warnings here

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By Anne Hyland

Television broadcasters are required to issue warnings about content, from violence, sexual material and age appropriateness. Yet anyone of any age can come across porn online. Try googling a children’s nursery rhyme such as Little Miss Muffet and there’ll be a porn video for it.

Rahamathulla believes it’s a “major public health concern” as the internet has expanded the boundaries of childhood into aspects of life that were traditionally considered only part of an adult world.

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What is porn doing to our children?

Dr Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Wheelock College talks about what porn is doing to our children. 

Young People Need Critical Porn Analysis; ‘Porn Literacy’ Is Not Enough

A new conversation is happening in educational circles, with many speaking up about the need for kids and teens to become ‘porn literate’. It is increasingly evident that kids cannot cope with the onslaught of hyper sexed, supranormal, graphic, abusive, body punishing, downright degrading images they can openly access at the click of a button. Some kids mimic what they see in their behaviours towards others; some are traumatised and wet themselves when recalling horrors their little brains can’t process; others are turned off sex for life, and share “If that’s what sex is, I don’t ever want to have it”. Yes, we have a crisis. And yes, our kids need all the protection, equipping and restoration we can give them.

However, ‘Porn Literacy’ will fail to effectively address porn culture, particularly if it’s the version advocated for by UK voice Jenni Murray, who recently called for porn to be shown in classrooms. The argument is that carefully chosen examples of pornography could be shown to teenagers from, say, the age of 15.

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Giving your kids a smartphone? Here's some tips...

Telstra has teamed up with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to release safety tips and resources in the lead-up to Christmas.

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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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Due Diligence Obligation of a State to Children Harmed by Porn

The Australian government has a duty of care towards protecting its children from pornography harm and should immediately introduce a system to stop children accessing adult material on their phones, iPads and computers.

This is the main recommendation Andrea Tokaji puts forward in 'DUE DILIGENCE OBLIGATION OF A STATE TO CHILDREN HARMED BY PORN: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL'. Writing from a legal human rights perspective, Tokaji argues that the State’s due diligence obligation towards its children, as well as its obligations to prevent them harm under the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, means that it must move quickly to protect them from the now well evidenced harms of pornography consumption.

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In Ten Short Years…

I grew up pre-internet but I’m in my early 30s so it doesn’t seem that long ago. I had the fortune of dodging porn culture in my developmental years. My parents, along with a number of wise older friends, instilled in me attitudes about love and sex that contributed to the happy and fulfilling adult life I now live. 

From a very early age I saw that my father and mother loved each other deeply.  Mum and Dad modelled how men and women should treat one another.  In their marriage they exhibited emotional support, unconditional commitment, passion, intellectual appreciation, and sexual faithfulness.  To their friends both male and female, Mum and Dad exhibited warmth, respect, and appreciation for each of their personal qualities.

When it came to teaching me about love and sex, Mum, Dad, and a number of wise friends taught me that the most important quality in a romantic partner is character, and that whilst a partner’s good looks are fun to enjoy, attraction to them alone is not enough for a truly loving and lasting relationship – especially since looks change over time.  They taught me that long term relationships are wonderful and rewarding, but that they do take hard work, patience, and a willingness to forgive. 

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Sexualisation of children and young people report (NSW)

This week was good news for Australia’s children. On November 16th 2016 the NSW Committee on Children and Young People released the report on the Sexualisation of Children and Young People

The report contained 10 recommendations however, the first 3 are particularly important to the work we are doing through Porn Harms Kids. Read the full report here

RECOMMENDATION 1 

The Committee recommends that the Advocate for Children and Young People monitor research into young people’s use of and attitudes towards pornography.

This is in line with one of our seven key points identified at our Symposium in February that stated: More extensive research should be conducted in Australia to fully explore and document the extent of this crisis.

RECOMMENDATION 2 

The Committee recommends that the Advocate for Children and Young People continue to work with the Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner and industry stakeholders to explore opportunities to reduce children and young people’s exposure to pornography.

Last month, myself and Coralie met with the eSafety Office. We offered important feedback on the development of some of their resources to support parents in addressing pornography, as well as posed some pertinent questions regarding strategy. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the eSafety Office, with all indications being that they are very supportive of our work.

RECOMMENDATION 3 

The Committee recommends that the Attorney-General advocate for the adoption of opt-in internet filtering through the Council of Australian Governments Law, Crime and Community Safety Council

Again, good news for Australia’s children. In February, Porn Harms Kids also stated that All avenues must be pursued to explore possible solutions to this crisis, including education, voluntary efforts by relevant industries, and regulation.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child state that "Mass media… should not promote material that could harm children", Article 17; and "Governments should protect [children] from violence, abuse and neglect", Article 19. We believe that currently, the rights of the child are being not only overlooked, but totally violated.

We will continue to strongly advocate for and on behalf of children and thank you for your support. Next week in Federal Senate, a report will be handed down with findings from the Inquiry earlier this year: Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet. We are in close communication with key Senators and wait with anticipation as to what recommendations are put forward.

Parliamentary Reports are only as good as the force that motivates our government to respond and action the recommendations. It is through your continued support and by inviting others to join, that we will see the changes we desperately need for the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children.

 

Israel blocks online porn to curb its 'damaging influence' on society

Government ministers in Israel have approved a bill that will force internet service providers operating in the region to censor "offensive" websites – including pornography – by default in an attempt to curb the "damaging influence" of such content to underage web users.

Under the current law, internet providers are required to provide content-filtering systems, much like those used by firms in the UK, that customers can turn on without charge. However, the legal changes would flip the switch to require users to instead opt-out of such a system.

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