The Impact of Pornography

The internet has transformed the way in which pornography is accessed. Today’s pornography is often violent, graphic and portrays distorted gender roles. Children and young people with access to the internet on any device – at home, at a friend’s place, at school or in any of our community spaces with Wi-Fi – are at risk of exposure.

Experts across the globe agree that exposure to pornography is a serious public health crisis. It is believed that pornography exposure is contributing to the staggering statistic that approximately 30% to 60% of child sexual abuse is committed by children and young people.

We encourage parents and educators to have age-appropriate conversations about pornography (private pictures or private videos) with children and young people.

We understand that talking about pornography can be challenging and it can be difficult to know where to start. To address this, WA Child Safety Services has developed Parent Workshops, Professional Learning Workshops, and Student Presentations to provide information about the risks of pornography, and practical strategies for managing exposure.

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