Tough to find solution on children accessing pornography

New figures show just how very widespread pornography viewing by under-18s has become.


Just as worrying are the latest insights into the possible harmful impacts.

The research shows that 732,000 internet users aged 6-14 ( 13% of all children online in this age group) accessed adult images in one month alone.

For years the government has promised action, but solutions to the issue are far harder to find than ministerial pledges.

Most adult magazines are sold on the top shelf and often now in opaque covers – meanwhile there is an avalanche of far more explicit material easily available online without cost or age checks.

As the government report says: “Generally, material is not behind any sort of age or pay barrier, and only very infrequently is there any form of warning that the content is only suitable for adults.”

There will be some big problems ahead for the government proposals.

Many providers of explicit content are based overseas beyond the jurisdiction of UK enforcement. What’s more, it is clear that pornography sites are not the only route children are using to access material like this. Social media, photo-sharing sites and self-generated material (so called “sexting”) are all significant.

The ISPA agrees with the proposed ‘follow the money’ approach targeting those profiting from websites offering adult content without offering suitable age verification procedures. Internet safety is, and will continue to be, a top priority for Internet Service providers.

– ISPA, TRADE BODY FOR INTERNET PROVIDERS


 

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