Strategies to address harms of online porn failing young people, educators say

Strategies to address harms of online porn failing young people, educators say

ABC News: 27.9.2017 By Nour Haydar. Government strategies to address the harm posed to children by unfettered access to online pornography are failing, child protection educators say.

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They argue weak and convoluted laws are leaving children with easy access to porn, leading to sexually aggressive attitudes and abusive behaviour.

Holly-ann Martin, who teaches schools and children about abuse prevention around the country, said a lot has changed in the last decade.

"Ten years ago I wasn't having to talk to children about pornography, but more and more I'm coming across even very young children having witnessed porn," Ms Martin said.

She said incidents of child-to-child sexual abuse are increasing because children are acting out abusive behaviour they have seen on screen.

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