Media Release

Implications of Social Media Ban on Porn and Transactivist Content    

Proposed social media ban for under 14’s underscores needed restrictions on porn and transactivist content.  

This weekend, Premier Peter Malinauskas announced a nation-first initiative to ban social media for children under the age of 14, coupled with parental consent requirements for 14–15 year-olds. 

Inspired by overseas examples, the South Australian Government is currently seeking legal advice to pave the way towards age restrictions on social media platforms. This decision stems from well-founded, growing concerns regarding the adverse effect that exposure to inappropriate content on social media has on children and adolescents’ mental health outcomes. 

Ashlyn Vice, South Australian State Director for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), commended the Premier’s proactive stance, stating, “The Premier has shown wise leadership by announcing his intention to restrict children’s access to social media platforms, which we know all too well can be toxic environments for young people”. 

However, the ACL maintains that these measures do not go far enough in safeguarding children’s mental well-being and shielding them from harmful content. 

“Unfortunately, pornography and X-rated material are easily accessible to children online, posing significant risks,” Miss Vice explained. 

“In addition, video sharing sites such as YouTube are teeming with transactivist content, encouraging children to question their gender and seek medical transition. 

“Research indicates gender dysphoria in children has a strong social contagion element, which in turn is linked with poor mental health outcomes. The Cass Review has prompted the UK to revise its approach to gender education to minimise the spread of harmful ideologies and encourage children to be happy as they are, that is, in their natural bodies. 

“If the Premier is serious about improving the mental health of our children, it is high time to address the unchecked spread of gender ideology – as show-cased during discussions on incest and bestiality in a Renmark School last month. Importantly, harmful gender-transition medications, which are now known to be unsupported by evidence, must also be banned in South Australia”. 

In February, Malinauskas did not support an inquiry into pediatric gender medications. The ACL is campaigning for an inquiry, mirroring the Cass Review, to take place locally alongside a suspension on puberty blockers in children.  

The ACL has also been calling for age-verfication requirements on porn sites.  

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