Global Virtual Summit — February 16–18, 2022

Stronger Together: protecting children from online pornography by inviting a public health response

 
 

Connecting to Protect

A world-first global initiative to tackle children and young people's online pornography access, focussing on mental health and safety consequences.

JOIN US FOR THE CONNECTING TO PROTECT 2021 INAUGURAL GLOBAL VIRTUAL SUMMIT
February 16–18, 2022

Stronger Together – protecting children from online pornography by inviting a public health response is a world-first initiative to address this issue globally. The Stronger Together Summit facilitates expert-led educational and collaborative sessions on strategic responses to protect children and young people from online pornography. Hosted by Connecting to Protect, the summit focuses on:

  • Current Research, neuroscience, psychology, child protection, and sociology
  • Legislation and policy
  • Technology and age verification
  • Education & awareness strategies across all sectors
  • Therapeutic protocols and strategies
  • Lobbying or other campaign successes
  • Child exploitation prevention & intervention (related to porn harms)

As part of participating in this world-first initiative, we request that summit delegates read and agree to our memorandum of understanding. Where possible, we also invite attendees to contribute by providing an overview of their country’s current approaches to addressing this issue.

Attendees will have access to most speaker presentations after the event ends. Category A Continuing Education Credits are offered for all Professionals by the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work. To ensure accessibility for all, Connecting to Protect is also offering summit scholarships to eligible applicants.

Lessons learned from the inaugural 2021 Global Virtual Summit will inform a Global Action Plan: Strategic Response Report. We aim to:

  • Connect educate, and mobilize key stakeholders globally to prevent and address the negative impacts caused to children and young people accessing legal pornography online.
  • Identify and educate key individuals to champion a strategic response to help align all countries’ initiatives globally.
  • Launch and establish membership in the Connecting to Protect Global Coalition
  • Invite contributions to the Connecting to Protect Global Resource & Research Hub. The Global Resource Hub will include a collection of policy and legal templates, processes for implementing safeguarding measures for child protection, and links to vetted therapeutic and education materials. The Global Research Hub will incorporate reviews and links to existing journal articles, scholarly recommendations to address porn harms, methodologies and templates, and suggestions for further research.

This Public Health Response has the support of the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work.

Thank you to our sponsors

Our Kids Online: Porn, Predators & How To Keep Them Safe

Follow the journey of two filmmaker parents, who accidentally stumbled on the biggest un-had conversation of our time, while researching the pros and cons of handheld devices for their children.

A must-see documentary for every parent on how to protect our kids from online predators and the fallout from exposure to today’s genres of hardcore, violent, degrading porn. Featuring some of the world’s leading experts in this field, this exceptional documentary is accessible throughout the summit with a special opportunity to hear directly from the producers.

Support Us!

 

For more information on supporting the conference, please contact: Tania Loftsgard, University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work.

 tania.loftsgard@ucalgary.ca Phone: +1.403.220.3622