Summer vacation here we come!

Read on to find out how you can advocate for a public health response to porn, while still enjoying your summer holiday. 

If you are like me, you are looking very forward to a break in routine. Who doesn’t love the carefree days of summer? Perhaps you have a cross-country vacation planned or a bunch of local events to attend with the fam-jam. Maybe there are even days you plan to do nothing at all! (I hope so). One thing for sure —NO MORE SCHOOL LUNCHES! Whoo-hoo! 

Exploring new possibilities

Along with taking it easy, each summer I also like to get a few small tasks crossed off my To-Do list —things I never seem to have time for during the school year. This summer I hope to explore some new options for the Parents Aware site. As such, you may notice a drop in the frequency of our posts over the summer. Not to worry, we’ll still keep you informed on our Facebook Page (Be sure to like and follow).

Your Impressions

I’m also going to give you a very important task. This week when you take the kids to the park —or while you are driving across country— throw something into your backpack you can use to take notes. While your kids play think about all the reasons you want to protect them from early exposure to violent and sexually degrading imagery. As you consider this, write down your impressions. Then send the list to your local MP as well as the Minister of Health, Jane Philpott.

This coming September a report addressing the ease of access to online pornography will be put before Parliament. In it’s current state, it is completely inadequate. Here’s a link explaining why. Please take a few minutes this summer to make your voice heard.  Let the government know you expect this issue to be treated as a public health concern.

Three simple steps

The following letter is from Arnold Viersen, the MP who introduced M-47. He gives us three simple steps we can take this summer to advocate for a public health response to violent pornography.

Over the next 120 days, Canadians can ask the Minister of Health to incorporate recommendations with a focus on protecting youth and reducing violence against women and girls

There are three simple things you can do this summer to help advocate for a robust public health response to violent pornography.

  1. Write or email your MP and the Minister of Health. I would encourage you to write a personal letter that includes the following recommendations.
  •      Introduce meaningful age verification
  •      Update sexual health curriculum with warnings about pornography
  •      Work with industry to develop Opt-In Filters
  •      Provide funding for more research
  •      Develop a Public Health Awareness Campaign
  •      Develop Education/Tools for Parents
  1. Download and sign the petition for meaningful age verification. The last petition you signed lead to M-47 being unanimously adopted. Now let’s call for the development of effective age verification technology.
  2. Tweet & Tag your MP and the Minister of Health, @janephilpott using social media graphics [download here] created to communicate the importance of a public health response to the impact of violent pornography. #cdnpoli

Please consider visiting my website for more information. https://mparnold.ca/motion-m-47/

Together we are cultivating a Canada that upholds the dignity of women, combats violence against women and girls, and protects the spirit of our boys.

Again, thank you for your support and helping to make a difference!

Sincerely,

Arnold Viersen

Sample Letter

The following is a letter written and sent in  by one of our readers this week.

Dear Mr OToole,

I am a member of your riding living in ______________. It has come to my attention that the Standing Committee on Health has recently released a REPORT ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH EFFECTS OF THE EASE OF ACCESS AND VIEWING OF ONLINE VIOLENT AND DEGRADING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL ON CHILDREN, WOMEN AND MEN.

I have reviewed the four recommendations outlined by the committee. I am disappointed in the non-existent and incomplete findings of the report. I can’t even believe from what they have submitted that they even did a study. I can only assume that children in Canada will continue to have unrestricted online access of porn.

To debate the health consequences of pornography on adults is one thing, but to even question it when it comes to children is absurd! They have not yet begun their journey into self-awareness let alone into the complexities of human intimacy.

Pornography doesn’t depict a healthy sexual relationship. We must consider that we are dealing with young, developing minds. The government of Canada needs to stand up now to act in their best interest of those too young to decide for themselves.

I suggest that to support and improve the health and wellbeing of children the report would have to include the following recommendations:

  •      Introduce meaningful age verification
  •      Update sexual health curriculum with warnings about pornography
  •      Work with industry to develop Opt-In Filters
  •      Provide funding for more research
  •      Develop a Public Health Awareness campaign
  •      Develop Education/Tools for Parents

I’m also disappointed with the extremely limited window of time given to speak up about this matter. I would ask that you act on behalf of those of us who would like to see this continued with more defined recommendations. It’s been 30 years since the last study of this kind. So much has changed since then with pornography of all types available at a click of a mouse. We must take steps now to protect our children online. Please help defend our children!

I would appreciate if you shared with me what immediate action you plan to take in this matter.

Sincerely,

C______________

Action items

  • Like and share this article. Continue to talk to others about the impact that violent and sexually degrading content has on children.
  • Sign and share the petition. Once completed, mail it to Arnold Viersen (no postage needed).
  • Write to your MP and Health Minister and tell them why your kids deserve to go online without the risk of being exposed to hard-core pornography

As always, it’s our goal to support one another as we all work towards the same objective. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: parentsaware.info@gmail.com

Enjoy a safe and happy summer!

 

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