Advocating for children and young people’s rights to a safe online environment is at times, challenging. Given there are so many different ways in which harmful content reaches our children, people often throw their hands in the air and cry there is nothing that can be done to uniformly block porn. The excuses come thick and fast from those most able to make change. Namely, politicians and tech companies (and of course, porn harms deniers). The reality is, however, that if we want our society to thrive, we cannot afford to do ‘nothing’.Read more
Their Future. Your Voice.
When we hear the words “pornography” in relation to “children”, our natural reaction is discomfort. Our call to action for parents, caregivers, educators and children’s health advocators is very simple:
Lend your voice standing for:
- A world where kids can grow up without being harmed by accessing graphic, violent online pornography
- Prevention of children’s access to pornography through digital child protection buffers
- Updated legislation and education to address pornography harms as a public health crisis
Our goal is to collect 10,000 names so that we know we have your support (as a health promotion charity), to call upon our government, tech companies and education providers to take a tougher stance against the accessibility of online pornography, increase awareness of its harms on our children and young people and dramatically improve regulation.
Adding your voice of support makes a difference because:
- It provides us with the necessary social proof that demonstrates interest and support to protect our kids from the harms of online pornography
- It amplifies voices of advocacy for this cause, which are essential to take on this tough battle on behalf of our kids
- It allows us to increase our reach and spread awareness across Australia and beyond…
Unsupervised on the internet, within a few short minutes your child (or any child), can both accidentally or intentionally access pornographic material that has the potential to result in long term harms.
To better understand the harmful impact that porn has on psychological and physical health of children and young people we urge you to read our statement of research.
We believe that once any parent, carer, childcare provider or child advocate becomes informed, it will be very difficult not to act. We believe knowledge is the most powerful antidote - and we need your help to start the conversation about this very important topic, so that changes can be made to bring about a porn-free childhood for our children and young people.
Thank you for standing with us to enable a porn-free childhood for all children and young people.
Organisations and invested individuals are invited to express interest to join the eChildhood Protection Coalition to Build a Connected Community.
eChildhood has framed a Public Health Approach and is calling on Australia to implement a public health response. Australia has an obligation to protect children, and this obligation is extended to children’s use of the internet.
The eChildhood Protection Coalition will ensure the key risk factors in implementing a Public Health Response are mitigated. The eChildhood Public Health Approach and key elements in a Public Health Response are outlined our latest report: A Public Health Response – For the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Please contact us if you are interested in this report.
The eChildhood Protection Coalition creates, galvanises and mobilises support for a national public health response to prevent and address pornography harms on children and young people in Australia. Upon joining, key stakeholders are invited to participate in working groups representing the environments of:
- Legislation and policy solutions
- Digital solutions
- Education solutions
- Therapeutic solutions
- Youth Panel
Working groups aim to gain a clear understanding of how the issue impacts key stakeholders in Australia, identify effective solutions and support efforts to mobilise solutions. The eChildhood Protection Coalition is a founding member of the Global Protection Coalition Connecting to Protect, working to support the implementation of a public health response internationally.
Key functions include:
- Providing a space for stakeholders to share knowledge on the harms, client’s experiences (children, youth, parents & carers), sector needs in responding to this issue, and effective strategies undertaken.
- Strengthening of multi-stakeholder institutions and environments via consultation within Working Groups and the eChildhood National Survey.
- Harnessing key stakeholders to support or lead the mobilisation of solutions.
- Ensuring a collaborative response is taken to address the issue nationally, whilst involving the varied sector and community needs.
Key outcomes include:
- Increased community awareness through a national conversation (like that of online bullying and domestic violence).
- Parents and carers equipped with information, resources and services to support children and youth around this issue.
- Decreased concerns of children and youth relating to the impacts of online porn, and increased confidence to understand and engage in healthy and safe relationships.
- Professional learning and resources for educators and wellbeing staff in schools and universities.
- Accessible and targeted learning for allied health professionals where applicable.
- Resources readily available to support. children and young people to build protective behaviours and resilience, and develop a Critical Porn Analysis lens.
Thank you for responding to the call to protect children in Australia.