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.
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.
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.
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.