Connecting to Protect is a world-first global initiative to tackle children and young people’s online pornography access, focussing on mental health and safety consequences.
In most countries throughout the world, children and young people currently have unrestricted access to online pornography. Research shows that this access has the potential to contribute to developmental and social vulnerabilities. The mental health and safety implications on children and young people accessing online pornography are multi-dimensional. As a result, we are creating an opportunity for representatives of many sectors to dialogue and create a coordinated global response. Implementing primary, secondary and targeted public health prevention and education measures is imperative to avoid a worsening of the situation.
Our global steering committee of experts and stakeholders are addressing this global public health issue commencing with a summit—a gathering of like-minded individuals who share a common goal to mobilize a global coalition and launch a resource and research hub. All individuals involved with Connecting to Protect are actively engaged in their own countries, recognize the importance of international action, and value the opportunity to learn from other professionals addressing the same challenges in different legal and cultural contexts.
Stronger Together is the inaugural event of Connecting to Protect, initially scheduled for October 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19. With the uncertainty of international travel and an increasing urgency to address this issue, the 2021 Global Virtual Summit provides an opportunity for worldwide stakeholders to contribute to public health responses and launch and build a global coalition to address the issue.
Stronger Together: protecting children from online pornography by inviting a public health response, is a world-first initiative to address this issue globally. The Summit will facilitate expert-led educational and collaborative sessions on strategic responses to protect children and young people from online pornography.
The summit will also inform a Global Action Plan: Strategic Response Report, aligning global initiatives to protect children and young people from accessing online pornography.