More naked children – for concerned parents

8 09 2008

WordPress blogging software handily has internal statistic tracking software.

It’s not always reassuring that “naked kids” continues to be a popular search term redirecting people towards this site. I suppose I can take some pleasure in wasting the time of people who are looking for such photos, and further reassurance comes from most of those search results are not pornography, but often news stories about child pornography.

This story – “Parents face porn claim risk” – was one of the results that appeared. As I clicked through the link, my visitor data will show that I came from a search for “naked children” (can I please be allowed to naively believe that all such hits are of such a nature).

“PARENTS sending family pictures over the Internet could be accused of child pornography under planned new laws, the State Government has been warned.”

I crashed an 18th birthday on Saturday (hey, I knew the lass, I just wasn’t exactly invited). At the party was a photobook/scrapbook that included a single naked-baby photo of the girl – ‘frontbottom’ and all. Obviously included merely for nostalgia and embarrassment purposes. Does this count as distributing child pornography?

The Australian government and public’s reaction to naked children in art recently with the Bill Henson affair has shown a very low (non-existent) tolerance to naked children being percieved as anything else.

The story is from the UK as far as I can tell. But could a similar situation arise through interpretation or extension of Australian laws?

Normally my authorative side is supportive of restricting freedoms to protect heinous crimes such as child abuse. I am generally in favour of removing all forms of corporal discipline to remove any excuse for child abuse in domestic and school settings. But to me this seems excessive on the surface.

Obviously something would need to be found that would separate private distribution of child family snaps, and more nefarious purposes. Allowing distribution between family members to be excused is not a solution – statistics show that abusers are often close family and friends of victims.

Would this be a freedom that families in Australia (or the UK, USA or elsewhere) be prepared to sacrifice to help combat child pornography?


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11 02 2009
Wombat

Here is the problem…

More and more our children are sexualised. You can easily purchase sexy ‘come-have-sex-with-me-now’ lingerie for a 3-year old, yet taking a photo of a baby is seen as a child sex crime.

Society needs to get its act together and stop commercialising children’s innocence for a dollar. Let a child walk naked on the beach. In fact, there should be beaches visible from the streets that are clothing optional.

Perverts are everywhere, yet we punish the innocent; such as offering free housing to pedophiles located in easy walking distance of schools, yet a naked child in their own yard is seen as offensive.

Wake Up!

12 02 2009
zayzayem

Sorry:

Are you saying that society is overeacting to perceived risks?
Or that the children’s innocence is overexaggerated (making sexualisation easier)?

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