THE ISSUE

Every day children and young people are accessing mainstream pornography on the internet, including the most hardcore, violent and abusive images. Evidence clearly shows pornography has a detrimental impact on children and young people including premature sexualisation, negative body image and unhealthy notions about relationships. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Despite parental concerns and the use of computer filters in the home, the rapid rate at which communications technology is developing, including convergence of the internet on televisions/ games consoles and mobile phone technology, makes it increasingly difficult for parents/ carers to supervise their children's use effectively. Massive profit-driven competition is harming the vulnerable.

To better protect children and young people we are calling on Internet service providers to block pornography by introducing filters at Internet service provider level. This will still give adults the choice to access pornography whilst giving children the freedom to surf the internet safely.

KEY FACTS

Internet becoming integral part of family life in the UK

Children and young people accessing pornography at an alarming rate

Harmful impact of pornography on children and young people

Dr Linda Papadopolous, "The evidence gathered in the review suggests a clear link between consumption of sexualized images, a tendency to view women as objects and the acceptance of aggressive attitudes and behaviour as the norm." (Home Office report into the sexualisation of children 2010).

John Carr, Children's Charities Coalition on Internet Safety, "In recent years there has been a very dramatic increase in child pornography images made by children and then distributed online or via phones.We have an exhibitionist, celebrity-dominated culture and it's seen as normal and cool to be a porn star." (Stella magazine)

Author Mark Kastlemann said, "Giving porn to a teenage boy is like giving crack to a baby. Addiction is almost guaranteed. No wonder boys aged 12-17 are the porn industry's core target." (came in a presentation given by Richard Bach to an Anglican Mainstream Conference last year)

"Overall, the body of research on pornography reveals.It functions as a teacher, permission-giver, and a trigger of.negative behaviours and attitudes. The damage is seen in men, women and children, and to both married and single adults.pathological behaviours, illegal behaviours and some behaviours that are both illegal and pathological." Mary Anne Layden, Director of Sexual Trauma and Psychological Program, University of Pennsylvania 2010

'Studies cite alarming links between early exposure to pornography and juvenile sex offenders; one study of 30 young sex offenders showed that 29 had been watching X-rated porn from age of 7' (Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine, 27 November 2011

Facts about the pornography industry and Internet service providers

The problem with mobile phones

Pornography has detrimental impact on relationships and the family

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

  1. Sign the petition
  2. Contact your local MP
  3. Tell your family and friends
  4. Pray
Sign the Petition

To protect children I call on the Government to force Internet Service Providers to make accessing pornography an adult only opt-in service.










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