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Age verification soon?

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The possibility of the UK Government enacting age verification soon for porn may be getting closer. Some of the companies who hoped to provide the age verification system are seeking a judicial review. This could force the Government to act. …

Sexting and the law

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Parents may be shocked to know that while consensual sexting is widespread, coercive sexting is pretty common too. Research shows that it is influenced by pornography watching as it encourages bullying and deceit. The Guardian article below sets out the …

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Sexual Strangulation

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Sexual strangulation is on the rise. The Reward Foundation believes it is part of the emerging public health crisis due to free, streaming internet pornography.  The charity’s chair Mary Sharpe, had a great opportunity to discuss our work on BBC …

Tech coms failure

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This is a guest post from John Carr, the leading UK thinker on removing child abuse imagery from the internet. The original blog on investigations by the New York Times appeared on John’s Desiderata site. We have featured other recent …

Age verification for pornography

Age verification for pornography?

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Age verification for pornography access is a child-protection measure rather than an attempt to spoil anyone’s fun or stop sexual exploration. Quite simply porn is not for kids. There is a wide range of research evidence both causal and correlative …

The unsustainable use of online video

Porn drives climate change

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Porn drives climate change. World-wide watching pornography accounts for 0.2% of all green house gas emissions. That may not sound like much, but this is equal to 80 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, or as much as emitted …

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Facebook, Google & data about porn

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Data about porn features in this guest post on from our colleague John Carr in London. John is one of the world’s leading authorities on children’s and young people’s use of digital technologies. He is Senior Technical Adviser to Bangkok-based …

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Paedophile hunters fail

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Evidence obtained from ‘paedophile hunters’ inadmissible as conduct amounted to ‘fraud’. This story comes from the Scottish Legal News and shows the limits set by the legal system to protect due process. A man accused of “sexting” people he believed …

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Internet Watch Foundation

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This week the Internet Watch Foundation’s CEO Susie Hargreaves OBE has been talking on Women’s Hour on Radio 4. This short interview with Jane Garvey gives you a very clear picture of the important job they do. The Internet Watch …