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The fightback against porn

Sex educator Liz Walker, author of Not For Kids! Protecting Kids Online, believes Katherine and Jacie represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to young women turning away from sex.

‘The only winners when it comes to pornography are the people making money out of it as an industry,’ she says.

‘And that’s a message we need to get across to children at an early age in their classrooms.

‘I’m so tired of hearing a politically correct approach to pornography that tries to normalise every sort of sexual behaviour as being okay.

‘We can’t be politically correct when it comes to violent and abusive mainstream pornography because it’s actually destroying our kids’ understanding of sex and relationships.

‘We need to teach young people that hardcore pornography is violent, it’s objectifying and it’s not in any way conducive to a loving relationship or gender equality.

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Is there a link between pornography and sexual violence?

Interview with Liz Walker

Easy access to pornography and the impact on children. Discussing what the issues are and how to respond.

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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