Risks Young People Face as Porn Consumers

Conferences and Events

The Reward Foundation helps raise awareness of the key research developments in sex and love relationships and the problems introduced by internet pornography.

During 2016 The Reward Foundation has presented at the following conferences and events.

9 March 2016. The Reward Foundation responded to the call for written evidence from the Australian Senate on the “Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet”. This was published is a slightly redacted form as submission 284 and can be viewed by logging in to the Parliament of Australia website.

18 and 19 April 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead presented the workshop “An Integrated Approach to Internet Pornography and its Impact” at the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) Scotland conference in Stirling.

28 April 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead presented a paper “Internet pornography and the adolescent brain” at the onlinePROTECT Conference in London “It’s just online, isn’t it?”: Young people and the internet – from sexual exploration to challenging sexual behaviours. The slides are available from onlinePROTECT. Mary Sharpe’s take-home video message from the Conference is here.

4 May 2016. We presented two papers at the Third International Congress of Technology Addiction, in Istanbul, Turkey. Mary Sharpe spoke on “Strategies to prevent Internet Porn Addiction” and Darryl Mead talked about “The Risks Young People Face as Porn Consumers”. Papers from these talks have been submitted to the journal Addicta for publication.

17-19 June 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead presented a paper titled “How to change Internet Pornography Viewers into Informed Consumers” at the DGSS Conference on Social Scientific Sexuality Research, “Sex as Commodity” in Munich, Germany. Publication of a revised version of this paper is planned for the journal Dignity in 2017.

7 September 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead delivered a paper on “Using a social enterprise to expose internet pornography as a public health issue” at the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2016) Conference in Glasgow. A news story on this conference is here. Our presentation is expected to appear on the ISIRC website in November 2016.

23 September 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead presented a workshop on “The disintegrating effect of internet pornography” at the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health Conference in Austin, Texas. See the SASH website for details.  A news story on this appears here.

29 September 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead delivered a paper on “Internet Pornography and Sexual Violence among Adolescents: a Review of Recent International Research” at the NOTA International Conference in Brighton. See NOTA for details of the conference. Our report on the conference is here.

Future invitations include:

20 October 2016. Mary Sharpe and Darryl Mead have been invited to attend a Symposium on ‘Child Safety Online:  Keeping Ahead of the Game’ at Portcullis House, Westminster.  The event is being put on by the the UK Parliament’s Working Party on the Family, Lords and the Commons Family & Child Protection Group.

25 October 2016. Mary Sharpe will be presenting on “Internet porn and the adolescent brain” at Online safety for children and young people in Edinburgh. Register with Holyrood to attend this event.

29 November 2016. Mary Sharpe will be speaking at “Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools”, an event put on in Edinburgh by Policy Hub Scotland.  Details of how to attend are here.

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