Children being exposed to pornography

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The issue

Every day children and young people are accessing mainstream pornography on the Internet, including the most hard-core, 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 a

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