Porn Harm Kids is a grassroots campaign that draws attention to the issue of exposure of children and young people to online pornography in Australia. Porn Harms Kids mobilises researchers, child development experts, youth welfare authorities, the medical profession, social and public policy sectors, campaigners and members of the community including schools and parents, to work toward a comprehensive solution.
Our ground-breaking Australia-first symposium 'Pornography and Harms to Children and Young People' held at UNSW on Feb 9 2016 highlighted seven key points.
1. Exposure of children and young people to pornography in Australia has reached critical levels.*
2. This is having widespread and measurable negative consequences on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children and young people.*
3. This constitutes a public health crisis, and as such is a concern for the community as a whole.
4. This crisis has not received adequate public attention, and needs to be publicised as widely as possible as a matter of urgency.
5. More extensive research should be conducted in Australia to fully explore and document the extent of this crisis.
6. All avenues must be pursued to explore possible solutions to this crisis, including education, voluntary efforts by relevant industries, and regulation ("Mass media… should not promote material that could harm children", UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 17).
7. As part of its duty of care to children, the federal government must take the lead in addressing this crisis comprehensively ("Governments should protect [children] from violence, abuse and neglect", UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 19).
* See "The facts" page here.
If you agree with these points please add your name below.