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Safermedia Newsletter - Update on their campaign against harmful images online

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Safermedia Newsletter - Update on their campaign against harmful images online

Post by Tony Bennett on Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:31 pm

safermedia news’n’action 123 … 12 June 2013

Dear Friends

Packed Symposium on 11 June gives overwhelming support to better online protection for children and issues urgent call for a new coalition to make this happen

In all our years of focusing on harm from pornography, we have never seen such a wide range of like-minded people in one room – academics, childcare experts, therapists, charities, journalists, Christians, feminists, etc. – the overwhelming majority united in their urgent call for more effective action from the ISPs and search engines to protect our young people online.

This was very timely as there is a debate in Parliament today on children’s online safety.

The main speaker yesterday was Prof Gail Dines (http://gaildines.com) who provided more chilling detail about the extent of internet porn’s highly toxic effects on our young people:

· ‘Teen porn’ (mainly under 16s) is the fastest growing category in searches for online porn. It is closely linked to child abuse images of even younger children, and has been implicated in the recent cases of child sexual abuse and murder by Stuart Hazell and Mark Bridger.

· So-called soft porn has migrated to popular culture and is priming our young people so effectively that child abusers have claimed, ‘Youth culture did a lot of the grooming for me,’ and porn producers have spoken of young women coming to audition ‘porn-ready.’

· Mainstream internet porn is excessively hard-core, degrading and abusive to women – so‘body-punishing’ that the average female porn actor can only stay in the job for 3 months, and due to the focus on anal sex, many require surgical repair for anal prolapse.

· ‘Sexual colonisation’ is taking place, as US pornography dominates the global internet.

· This has become a serious and undeniable public health issue.

· We must all work together – for the sake of the collective well-being of all our children.

John Woods from London’s Portman Clinic, explained the highly addictive nature of online porn, adding:

· 25% of 18-24 year old men in a recent UK survey said they were worried about their use of internet porn.

· Internet porn is playing a significant role in sexual offending. In 2012, in a case involving a 14 year old boy’s sexual assault of a 4 year old girl, UK Judge G Hawkesworth suggested that the responsibility for offending could be removed from the individual to the society that permits the free circulation of such material.

· Peter Davies the CEO of CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) admitted in May that it is impossible for them to police adequately the sheer volume of child abuse images being downloaded.

A rep from Teen Boundaries who run workshops in secondary schools on sexuality and porn:

· Many parents are desperate for help to protect their children from our hyper-sexualised youth culture.

· Many young people see warped internet porn as normal sex, and believe the rape myth (that all women and girls secretly fantasise about being raped and would enjoy it).

· By warning, advising and encouraging young people, and supporting parents, it is possible to counteract this effect.

Diane Abbott MP, Labour Spokeswoman on Public Health:

· We must oppose porn in order to defend the human rights of children.

Claire Perry MP, adviser to David Cameron on preventing the sexualisation of childhood:

Regulation of legal content (i.e. adult porn that is not extremely violent)

· Claire is working closely with British ISPs to improve filtering and feels they are being‘remarkably good’.’ By the end of this year she expects that public wi-fi will be ‘clean’ and the major ISPs will automatically provide filters which are pre-ticked to block porn. Over 18s will then be able to specify which material they want un-blocked.

· Peer to peer porn cannot be blocked by these filters so education of parents and children is also vital.

Blocking of child abuse images (which are all illegal)

· The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) maintains an updated black list of child porn sites that ISPs must block. However they are reliant on information provided by the public and only 5% of referrals come from the internet industry. Such a rich industry should be far more proactive and generous in funding the IWF.

ACTION

1. Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill

This Bill would actually legislate to provide both default off network-level filtering and education. If you have not already done so, please write to a peer about it. For all the info you need, go to:

http://www.safermedia.org.uk/newsnactions.htm

2. Be ready to support a new Coalition. We will pass on more details as they become available.

3. Speak to your own children and grandchildren about these issues. See our ’10 Steps for keeping your child safer on the internet’:
http://www.safermedia.org.uk/toptips.htm

4. Thank God for the progress already made and pray for His continued merciful and powerful intervention.

With best wishes to you all,

Miranda, Pippa and the Safermedia team

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Re: Safermedia Newsletter - Update on their campaign against harmful images online

Post by plebgate on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:45 pm

Thanks for posting.  Great to hear so many trying to do something about this.   It has gone on far too long and imo it's about time pop videos were given age guidelines, same as films.

I was appalled to read that Mrs. had been practising the words to a Pussycat Doll song with Maddie at the age of 3.

I believe it's about time some parents realised that their children are not mini friends but children who need to be treated as children and  allowed a childhood - free from adult themed videos and songs.

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Post by littlepixie on Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:32 pm

We shouldn't need Professors to provide evidence of the harm that Porn and Horror have on children. Our own common sense should tell us that it does.

Society has gone mad. (or bad)

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Post by Tony Bennett on Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:35 pm

@littlepixie wrote:We shouldn't need Professors to provide evidence of the harm that Porn and Horror have on children. Our own common sense should tell us that it does.

Society has gone mad. (or bad)
April Jones and Tia Sharp have told us.

But only because, as a direct or indirect result of this violent filth, their little lives have been cruelly extinguished.

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Post by littlepixie on Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:53 pm

I know only too well Tony. There is a common theme with a lot of the disturbed young people I see. They have been brought up on a diet of Porn and Horror, some with the full knowledge of their parents.

Some definitely do go on to offend or have already offended or have such a screwed up vision of what sex and relationships with others involves that they are unable to make meaningful relationships with others.

They then spend years in therapy trying to undo the harm that has been done.

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