Thousands of Australian children have direct access to pornographic videos housed on a popular music app aimed at teens – and their parents are clueless to the dangers, a leading cyber safety expert has warned.Read more
Specialist in Sexual Medicine and Sex Therapy, Dr Anita Elias, speaks with Maree Crabbe about how she believes pornography is playing a role in the increase in young women presenting with painful sexual conditions.
Opinion: Our kids exposed to an adult world
Melinda Tankard Reist
The Courier-Mail is to be commended for its series on the hypersexualisation of our young people — especially the impacts on children by allowing them to be exposed to porn even before their first kiss.
What has been documented here in the Generation Sext campaign is what I’m hearing everywhere I go.
Recently four of the speakers from our 'Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People' symposium featured on a panel on Studio 10 to discuss the pornification of our nation. Maree Crabbe, Melinda Tankard Reist, Hugh Martin and Collett Smart appeared along with two young people, each addressing different aspects of how #PornHarmsKids. Please take a moment to watch it now.
Gonzo 21 September – 1 October
The Malthouse Theatre’s production of Gonzo billed as the most talked about show this season promises to expose how porn is really affecting teenage boys, from their perspective. Teenage boys have grown up in a porn saturated world where the average age they start watching porn is 11 and where more than 87 billion videos were viewed last year on PornHub alone. So, who is better equipped to delve into the complex issues surrounding pornography and it’s effects on our culture than teenage boys themselves?Read more
Are teachers equipped to deal with the ills of society?
A teacher’s role has always been much more than simply imparting the fundamental skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. In any one day a teacher might also play the role of counsellor, friend, mediator, life coach, guardian or confidant. Working directly with our future generations of adults, society places a large load on teachers’ shoulders. As new social issues emerge, we look to educators for answers. So in a society where explicit online material and drugs are of increasing concern, how are educators bearing the burden of keeping our students safe?Read more
Brain science is strengthening the case for a new approach.
The pornography industry defends its trade as a harmless personal choice, but increasingly it is seen as an addiction with consequences for public health and safety. Cordelia Anderson, a Minneapolis based educator who has worked extensively in the field of child sexual abuse and exploitation, is one of those making the case for treating porn as a public health issue. Here she responds to MercatorNet’s questions about this approach.Read more
Published with permission from the author, Sarah Ware.
Over the past few years we have been shocked by the dramatic rise in domestic violence. We have seen a State Government taskforce established and generous funding pledged from the Federal Government in order to put an end to domestic and family violence. Despite this the problem grows and the pornography industry thrives. Over the last few years we have witnessed an onslaught of freely available pornography. At the click of a button, anyone with an Internet connection has easy and unrestricted access to a smorgasbord of sex.
At this point some might pull out the ‘prude’ card. Many may advocate for the ‘adult rights’ that we should be free and liberal, that sex is now casual and porn is just normal… So let’s just look at the research.Read more
By Caroline Helen Przibilla
UNSUSPECTING children are being lured to play explicit, animated sex games through a website that purports to be a children’s gaming site.
Designed to attract children with bright, multicoloured banners and childlike wording, the Funny-Games.biz/ main page looks like any child’s gaming site.
Listed as Google’s top site when searching for funny games, the site encourages children to play with friends. More than 100 interactive Flash games are featured on the front page. From initial glances, parents would not have cause for concern.
Scroll to the bottom of the web page and every parent’s nightmare becomes apparent. Featured under the “Want More” heading, the site states there are thousands of online games including children’s games and online sex games. A hidden link embedded under “online sex games,” links directly to the adult content.Read more
By Nina Funnell
MORE than 70 Australian schools are targets for a perverse pornography ring of teen boys and young men secretly swapping and exchanging graphic sexual images of female students and other nonconsenting women.
News.com.au can reveal more than 2000 images have been posted or traded by Australian members since the group began operating in December last year.
Young men use the site to nominate the specific high school or region they are phishing for nude photos from, along with the full names of girls they are “hunting”. Hundreds of individual names have appeared on “wanted” lists, including the names of sisters and entire high school friendship circles.
Once a girl’s name appears on a list, other members of the group then “contribute” by posting identifying information about the intended victim, such as her full name, face, school, home address, and phone number, along with directives like “Go get her boys!”Read more