Concurrent Session - Day 2 - Pleiades

Exploring mainstream pornography's influence on sexual violence against and amongst children and young people

Maree Crabbe

Maree Crabbe is co-founder and Director of the Australian violence prevention project, It’s time we talked (formerly Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality).

She is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast on SBS in Australia and in 35 other countries, and The Porn Factor, broadcast on SBS. She is also author of In The Picture – a resource to support secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – for over 25 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity, pornography, sexting, and the prevention of sexually transmissible infections.

Maree’s contributions to public conversations about young people, sexuality and pornography include television and radio interviews, and articles in academic and news media.

Addressing pornography’s influence with young people: What does it look like in practice?

Pornography is shaping young people’s sexual understandings and experiences. But what can we do about it? In this workshop, Maree Crabbe will build on her keynote presentation to explore what schools and community organisations can do to support young people to critique pornography, resist its influence and develop the skills they need for healthy, respectful relationships and sexuality. The workshop will include opportunities to discuss relevant challenges and opportunities, and introduce participants to practical examples of how we can incorporate conversations about pornography, sex, consent and respect into violence prevention efforts among young people

Kayelene Kerr

Kayelene Kerr is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Protective Behaviours, Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops.
Kayelene is passionate about the prevention of child abuse, sexual exploitation and sexual violence, drawing on over 24 years’ experience of study and law enforcement, investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes. Kayelene delivers engaging and sought after prevention education workshops to educate, equip and empower children and young people, and to help support parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and she aims to inspire the trusted adults in children’s lives to tackle sometimes challenging topics.
Kayelene has presented to international audiences and has delivered keynote addresses and workshops at Education, Child Protection, Health, Law Enforcement and Community Services conferences. Kayelene has also presented to many primary and secondary school students, government and non-government departments and service providers.
Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and everyone can play a role in the care, safety and protection of children.

Education to Reduce Harm: Children and Pornography

The ubiquity of the internet and portable electronic devices has transformed the way we learn, create, connect and are entertained. In Australia over 95% of those aged 8 – 17 years, and 81% of pre-schoolers aged 2 – 5 years access the internet.  Whilst there are many benefits for our children being online, there are also risks. The increase of children and young people using the internet has seen a corresponding upward trend in cases of online child sexual abuse, exploitation, grooming, image-based abuse, the dissemination of self-generated sexually explicit material and exposure to pornography.  

Whilst pornography is not new, the nature and accessibility of pornography has changed considerably. The way we approach this topic, therefore, needs to be different. In the absence of adequate education in the home, school and wider community, pornography is the primary, and in many cases, the only education children receive about relationships and sexuality.

This workshop will provide a brief overview of a framework to address this emerging risk and proposed education for primary school aged children. It will provide delegates with conversation starters, practical strategies and resource recommendations to support them.