The UK Model: A Way Forward for Australia?
The United Kingdom is the only major Western nation to have introduced mandatory internet filtering of pornography, largely at the initiative of Prime Minister David Cameron. Does the UK internet regime provide a viable model for Australia? Has it been effective? How have concerns about censorship creep been addressed? Should regulation be part of a comprehensive solution to the crisis of child exposure to pornography? In this presentation, former FamilyVoice worker Dr. Sandifer will explore these questions, presenting the history of the UK approach to internet pornography and suggesting ways to incorporate lessons from the UK for Australia.
About Dr. David John Sandifer
Dr. Sandifer's Ph.D. in history (Cambridge, 2014) looked at changes in public morality in Britain in the early nineteenth century. More specifically, his thesis focused on concerns about the protection of moral innocence. He has a longstanding interest in the relationship between media and character development, particularly in light of the increasing sexualisation of contemporary society. For the past year, he has been involved in launching a campaign to draw attention to the crisis of child exposure to internet pornography, and served on the planning committee for the Porn and Harms to Children and Young People Symposium. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church and speaks and lectures widely in the Sydney area.
Download the open letter to the Prime Minister asking him to implement Cleanfeed internet by default in Australia to protect our children.
Let's work together to bring about proactive legislative action to protect our children from the horror and harm of online pornography.
Online sites to help caregivers and parents protect children:
- How to use child-friendly search engines and protecting devices:
- Educate and Empower Kids (http://educateempowerkids.org) > resources to parents and caregivers to encourage connection and healthy relationships through love, communication, education and empowerment.
- culturereframed.org > an online resource about building young people’s resilience and resistance to porn culture
- nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-porn > a resource including tips for how to speak to you children about pornography
- net-aware.org.uk > a guide to social networks children use
- childnet.com > an organisation working to make the internet a great and safe place for children
- eSafety iParent - sections for parents of children include 6 Strategies for when your child accidentally finds pornography; what to do when someone shows your child pornography; how to talk to Under 8’s about pornography; and talking to your 8-12 year old about pornography.
- protectyoungminds.org > kids can learn to reject pornography.
Why we need to talk to young people about pornography http://uksaysnomore.org/talkingtoyoungpeopleaboutporn/
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Scientists Discover Brain Structure Changes In Frequent Porn Consumers
Pornography has changed the landscape of adolescence beyond all recognition
Culture Reframed Parents Program https://parents.culturereframed.org