Protect children from pornography, ask the EU to change the Audiovisual directive

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Ask the European Parliament and the Council to protect children from pornography reinstating the ban on pornography and gratuitous violence from TVs and enlarging it to other audio-visual media services.

The current audio-visual media services directive 2010/13/eu protects minors from harmful content in television broadcasting and in particular programs that involve pornography or gratuitous violence, which might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors. The European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education instead of extending this protection to online platforms failed to protect children from pornography and harmful content on their vote of the 25th of April.

This new proposal of European Legislation, if approved in the plenary session on 15th of May, will be setting the rules for all European countries on what television and online video platforms (Youtube, Netflix,…) should do to broadcast in the whole European market, loosening the barriers and protections for all European children.

20 NGOs already make a similar call some weeks ago, before the vote in the Committee.

On average, European children start using the internet when they are 7 years old, and 75% of 15-16-year-olds use the internet daily.

The risk that they will be exposed to harmful content is very high. A survey demonstrated that out of children aged 11-16, more than half had been exposed to such content. In Italy, a survey found that 67% of boys aged 14-19 and 15% of girls have watched pornographic material. In Sweden, 92% of boys and 57% of girls of 15-18 years have watched pornography. According to researchers “pornography’s intense stimulation of the brain brings about significant changes in the brain similar to drug addiction.”

European Families need help from the European Union to protect their children from pornography and harmful content. We, therefore, call the European Parliament to stand with us and reinforce the provisions limiting pornography and gratuitous violence, by reinstating the ban on pornography and gratuitous violence from TVs and enlarging it to other audio-visual media services and online platforms.

 



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