We’re backing an online petition launched by Federal Member Julian Simmonds MP, calling on the government to fast-track an age verification system to help protect children from online porn.
Every day more boys and girls are harmed by exposure to hardcore violent, sadism, rape and torture porn. The longer it takes to implement an age verification system, the more children will be harmed.
We cannot afford to wait - we need proof of age porn protections for children now.
Our kids should not be able to stumble onto hardcore pornography websites with a few errant clicks.
Online age verification will force pornographic websites to establish users are over 18 before they can view the site, just the same as the age restrictions that currently exist in the real world.
Research shows that if a child accesses pornography at a young age, when the child is still developing, it can have extensive negative impacts on the child including poor mental health, increased levels of sexual aggression and violence, a heightened risk of sexual abuse; and a greater chance of engaging in risky behaviours.
As a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, our recent report recommends the Government legislate online age verification on pornographic and gambling websites.
While the Morrison Government supports this important action, as a Dad to two young kids, I know it cannot come soon enough.
That is why, with your support for this petition, you are helping me advocate for the Morrison Government to implement online age verification now – to protect our kids.