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Experts warn of public health crisis from online porn
Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Speakers at yesterday’s packed-out symposium at the University of NSW have documented the disturbing impact of pornography on developing brains.

Child psychologist Dr Joe Tucci of the Australian Childhood Foundation said the free availability of online porn has become a public health crisis.  “It is impossible for children not to see it,” he said.

“There has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of children who are sexually assaulting other children.”

Cybersafety campaigner and former police officer Susan McLean said even if parents control children’s internet use at home, their kids are still able to view pornography on friends’ phones at school. 

Safe4Kids founder Holly-ann Martin has worked extensively in remote Aboriginal communities where the ease of access to online porn is placing children at great risk.  “The increase in child-on-child sexual abuse … can be largely attributed to exposure to pornography,” she said.

Dr David Sandifer, who completed his PhD in Cambridge two years ago, said the UK government is taking this issue seriously.  All major UK internet service providers now offer a variety of filtered services, some by default.  He suggested that ISP-level filtering to aid in child protection is one of the options that might be explored as we work toward a comprehensive solution in Australia.

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