With age-verification for commercial adult websites launching in July (15th) 2019, Internet Matters has created new resources, including three 60-second video guides with its ambassador psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos to encourage parents to have appropriate conversations with their children about pornography.
Age-verification was approved as part of the Digital Economy Act last year in a bid to stop under-18s accessing inappropriate content. The British Board of Film Classification was designated as the age-verification regulator.
Many parents worry about the impact of online pornography on future generations, but lack the confidence to talk to their children. To help tackle this issue Internet Matters has created a suite of age-appropriate guides and resources, helping parents with children as young as six talk about any pornography they may see online.
In launching the new materials, Dr Linda Papadopoulos said: “A great deal of online porn promotes misogyny, objectifies women and gives an unrealistic view of what sex is. So many parents feel it’s inevitable their child will see porn at some stage, yet often lack the confidence in being able to talk to them about it.
"But they must address the issue head on, no matter how awkward they anticipate it to be as the effects of seeing it and not addressing it at a young age can be damaging.”
She added “Have a conversation with your child and allow them to know you’re there for them should they come across anything at all that makes them feel uncomfortable.”
Internet Matters' new resources can be found here