“Susie O’Brien is exactly right about the growing porn problem among young Australian teenagers (Herald Sun, 22/7/13) – we urgently need tougher action,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.

“The new sex ed program developed by Victoria’s Education Department will require state school students to analyse pornography.  This is likely to be counter-productive – these powerful, extreme images cannot be erased from a child’s mind by discussion,” Mrs Phillips said.

“Increasing serious sexual assaults in schools (see here, here and here) suggests that more needs to be done.

“Australia urgently needs mandatory filtering at the ISP level to protect children and maintain a healthy society,” Ros Phillips said.

“Parents can install filters on their home computers, but that’s not enough.  They cannot protect their children from pornography on unfiltered mobile phones that other children take delight in passing around. There is instant access to hardcore material, where women are treated as objects to be sexually abused in the most demeaning ways,” Mrs Phillips said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday that Internet providers will be required to block pornography as a default.  In Iceland, there is a similar battle to restrict internet porn.

“Last year, Communications Minister Senator Conroy broke his election promise of a mandated ISP clean feed service,” Ros Phillips said.  “Can we count on a new Rudd government to take serious action?”