With 44 per cent of children aged between 9 and 16 reporting that they have encountered sexual images online, the federal government is conducting an inquiry into the effectiveness of age verification systems; to prevent access for under 18's to pornographic websites.
Viewing pornography traumatises children and young people, and negatively influences their attitudes to sex, sexuality and relationships.
The government wants to hear from you.
Submissions are due by this Friday 25th October. Join us in speaking truth to this important issue.
Some points you could make in your submission
- Thank the government for recognising the health harm to children of pornography and urge them to act to provide protection.
- Pornography sexualises children and puts them at risk – we cannot delay in taking action to protect them.
- Pornography eroticises violence towards women and girls and is linked to the early sexualisation of children.
- The average age of first exposure to pornography is 11. This can include violent porn and child pornography.
- The alarming increase in child-on-child sexual assault is directly correlated to the increase in exposure of children to pornography.
- Most children first see pornography by accident. Age-verification controls can stop this.
- Age-verification is one way to help parents address the issue of online safety.
- It should be a part of a comprehensive cyber safety policy that protects children from pornography online.
- We want Australia to be known as the safest place in the world for children to be online. This is an enviable reputation to aspire to have.
Want to know more? Follow this link to see how you can easily make your submission today! https://www.aph.gov.au/onlineageverification