For Adults Only? – protecting children from online porn

online-porn_16426588On 12 December, ATVOD will hold a conference on protecting children from exposure to pornography online. The event, “For Adults Only? – protecting children from online porn”, is being organised by ATVOD and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London. Confirmed delegates cover a broad range, including parliamentarians, government officials, children’s charities, head teachers, academics, enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies, the adult industry, and national press and television journalists. The conference will be chaired by Channel 4 News social affairs editor Jackie Long, is being hosted by CCLS at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2. Confirmed speakers include:

Sue Berelowitz – Deputy Children’s Commissioner
Alexandra Birtles – Head of External Communications at TalkTalk
John Carr – Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety
Reg Bailey – Chief Executive of The Mothers’ Union
Diane Duke – Chief Executive of the Free Speech Coalition
Vicki Shotbolt – CEO and founder of The Parent Zone
Vince Charlton – Director of European Outreach for ASACP
Paula Hall – Chair of the Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity
Julia Long – author of Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism
Becky Foreman – Head of Government Affairs at Microsoft

As the title suggests, the event has been designed to consider issues around the protection of children from ‘adult’ video content online – something which has come to the fore following a number of high profile cases over the past few months. The conference is being built around two panel-led sessions. The first will consider the nature of the problem, addressing questions such as: What is the nature of the content? How easy is it for children to access? What is known about the scale of children’s exposure? What risks does it pose to children? The second session will consider possible solutions, addressing questions such as: Are media education and parental control software sufficient? What else is being done? What more could be done and by whom?

Meanwhile, this letter published on the sexandcensorship.org website offers a different perspective.

For further info on the 12 December conference: atvod@atvod.co.uk