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Youth and Pornography in Australia

Full Article Name: Youth and Pornography in Australia: Evidence on the Extent of Exposure and Likely Effects

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Children have always sought out sexually explicit material but doing so today is easier, quicker, cheaper and more anonymous. While the system of video classification is designed to exclude those under 18 from viewing pornography, there are virtually no age-related barriers to pornography on the Internet. Children can spend hours wandering online through a vast array of free images and movie clips much of which would be prohibited on video. They can be drawn or coerced into viewing material they have no desire to see through ‘pop-ups’, ‘mousetrapping’, spam emails and manipulation of search engines. Yet despite the scale and possible consequences of this social problem, it has received almost no public attention.


Flood, Michael & Hamilton, Clive (2003) Youth and pornography in Australia: Evidence on the extent of exposure and likely effects. Discussion Paper No. 52. Canberra. Analysis & Policy Observation.


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