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Pervasive porn a threat to healthy child development?

Pornography is not an obvious topic for reporting in a medical journal, but the current debate between predominantly conservative/religious groupings, which count some eminent scientists among their members, and other mainstream scientists who see themselves as 'hard data' purists and/or liberal thinkers, is fascinating. Do there really have to be pre-existing factors for porn to affect the healthy sexual development of a young child, or is this danger so great that legislation using cutting-edge technology is required to block at least the Internet flow? For anyone with (techno-dextrous) children who's struggled with software to block access to porn sites on the ubiquitous cell phone or computer, the debate is not just academic and constitutional. Do you sit your kids down and 'contextualise' depictions of porn (and if so, before or after they've seen it?), or do you kill the threat at source, as current draft legislation intends? Human dignity, children's rights, privacy and freedom of expression all compete for space in our Constitution. Chris Bateman reports on a recent symposium held by the legislative proponents and convened by the government's Film and Publications Board. (1) Is the draft law too blunt an instrument--or just the right scalpel?
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Title Annotation:Editor's Choice
Publication:South African Medical Journal
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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