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Porn as sex education: a cultural influence we can no longer ignore

By Maree Crabbe

Porn is big business. It is estimated to be worth about US$25bn in annual profit and to account for 30% of all internet traffic.

Even if we don’t watch it ourselves, porn demands our attention because its prevalence, the nature of its content, and its impact make it a cultural influence we can’t afford to ignore – a situation recognised by growing numbers of parents, schools, counsellors and policymakers.

My journey with porn began about eight years ago, when I was working as a sexual violence prevention educator. I watched the internet become more accessible and with it, the growth of the influence of porn as a sex educator. Porn became increasingly common in the conversations I was having with young people.

One of my most memorable conversations about pornography occurred with a group of disadvantaged 15- and 16 year-old boys who were part of an adventure therapy program

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Children accessing porn: Schools battle to deal with consequences

SCHOOLS are battling to deal with the consequences of boys’ exposure to porn at a young age, from sexting to deviant behaviour and viewing explicit images in class.

Easy access to violent porn has been blamed in part for a rise in problem sexual behaviour by children, with one service reporting 200 referrals in the past year.

It comes after hundreds of concerned teachers, parents and academics wrote to a Senate inquiry into the harm internet porn was having on children, with school heads worried about a “dramatic increase” in opportunities for students to access it.

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Don’t let porn warp your kids’ behaviour, writes Susie O’Brien

BOYS are no longer learning about sex from pilfered copies of Penthouse or sneaking a peek at their parents’ dog-eared edition of The Joy of Sex.

These days they’re much more likely to be watching hard-core videos on their mobile phones or iPads down the back of the school bus or hidden away in their bedrooms.

Their smart phones offer them freedom and give parents peace of mind. But they — and other electronic devices — are also a very dangerous because they deliver porn so easily.

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How the dark world of pornography is damaging kids’ lives forever

WHEN eighteen-year-old Jake had his first sexual experience three years ago, he believed all the readily-available porn he watched had prepared him for the real thing.

But instead of the plethora of sexual positions and experiences the teen might have imagined was awaiting, an awkward reality dawned on the adolescent.

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AUDIO: Violent pornography contributing to child-on-child sexual assault, expert

Experts say the online ubiquity of degrading pornography is eroding safety for children.

They say porn depicts violence and demeaning acts, which children then replicate.

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'I was seeking out sexual interactions wherever I could': Woman reveals how porn destroyed her life after first seeing it at the age of SIX

A mother-of-three has revealed how she was 'traumatised' and left battling mental health issues after she was shown a graphic magazine on the school bus at the age of six.

Liz Walker, 42, from Brisbane, said she was 'catapulted' into an awareness of her sexuality after an older girl sat next to her and showed her a pornographic magazine she found under her brother's bed.

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Parents 'can't protect' kids against porn

Children and teens will almost inevitably be exposed to pornography despite the best efforts of parents, a cybersafety expert has warned.

Porn can be blocked, banned or ignored but it will eventually find your child, a cybersafety expert has warned.

Parents have their head in the sand if they think children won't be exposed to pornography, cybersafety expert Susan McLean said at a Sydney symposium.


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Child-on-child sexual assaults rising due to pornography: experts

AUSTRALIAN experts warn that child-on-child sexual assaults are rising due to youth exposure to readily available pornography that depicts violent, degrading acts and coercion.

Experts attending the day-long Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People symposium at the University of New South Wales on Tuesday warn the availability of pornography is causing children to engage in problem sexual behaviour.

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No excuses when it comes to kids and porn

With pornography freely available on the internet, parents can no longer take a hands-off approach to their child's activities online, writes Susan McLean.


With pornography freely available on the internet, parents can no longer take a hands-off approach to their child's activities online, writes Susan McLean.

The sooner parents realise the risk their child will be exposed to pornography online is real the better.

No longer is it OK, if it ever was, to say, "I don't understand tech", or "I don't use it, so I don't get it". The internet and all the wonderful and not so wonderful things about it are here to stay and parenting in the 21st century requires you to be able to parent online.

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The damage pornography did to a six-year-old child

Liz Walker was only six years old when an older girl from up the street squashed in next to her on the school bus and excitedly whispered "Hey do you want to see something?" It was a magazine she found under her brother's bed and full of graphic pornography.

"I felt this sense of disgust, but also arousal," Ms Walker remembers. "I was catapulted into an awareness of my sexuality I wasn't ready for. In my six-year-old brain I though that's what you had to do to get noticed."

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