CARE: Christian Action, Research and Education

For what you believe
Open menu Close menu
Adobe Stock 150165958 0 2
Online Safety

Government abandons age-verification on pornographic sites

16 October 2019

The Government has abandoned its promise to introduce age-verification on pornographic websites, despite the amount of work that has gone into getting the scheme ready for launch.

The decision emerged in a Written Statement published today by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS).

Part three of the Digital Economy Act 2017 would have seen regulations laid to make sure anyone wishing to access online porn would need to prove they were over 18.

The scheme was delayed numerous times, the most recent because of an astonishing bureaucratic error by the Government who failed the notify the EU of its plans.

A study published a few weeks ago revealed that children as young as seven are watching online porn and there is a growing body of evidence which highlights the harm it causes.

Responding to the news, CARE’s Chief Executive, Nola Leach said: “We are desperately disappointed that the Government has ditched the age-verification proposals.

“The Government promised age-verification in its 2017 election manifesto so to suddenly drop it like this is extraordinary and outrageous.

“The simple fact is our children and young people are not as well protected online as they are offline.

“In a context here children as young as seven are stumbling across porn online it is absolutely right that we should be doing everything we can to protect them.

“There is a growing body of evidence that highlights the harm easy access to pornography is doing to our young people, in terms of shaping their view of sex and healthy relationships.

“This Government could have led the way in the world in driving this forward, other countries were watching to learn from our experience of doing so.

“Now all the time and effort to make age-verification a reality has been wasted.

“CARE has done polling which showed the proposals were supported by a majority of the public so there is no logic in just giving the scheme up.”

Find out more

To read more about the importance of age-verification, click here

Online

Online Safety

For children and young people, access to harmful online content is only a click away. CARE is working towards a society where they are as well-protected online as they are offline.

Find out more about the cause

Sign up for Impact Direct, and email publications

By signing up stay in touch you agree to receive emails from CARE. You can change your mailing preferences at any time either by getting in touch with CARE, or through the links on any of our emails.

Recent news

1993 care for life 3

Public consultation to be held on extending ‘DIY abortions’ beyond COVID-19

The UK Government is to hold a public consultation on whether to allow women to carry on accessing home abortions, even after the coronavirus legislation has ceased to have effect.

Keep reading
Newborn baby mother 1

No abortion amendments to the DAB and your help made all the difference

It would be easy to miss the significance of what happened last night in the House of Commons in respect to the Domestic Abuse Bill. For one thing, a vital piece of legislation has moved a step closer to becoming law. It addresses issues that are not currently dealt with by existing laws and it will provide support for victims of domestic violence, create new offences and send a message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated. This matters enormously because of who we are. Humans are not objects to be subjected to coercion or abuse. We are image bearers of God and crowned with glory and honour.

Keep reading
Mother baby touching hands 8

Big win as dangerous home abortion amendment is withdrawn

An attempt to change the law to legalise dangerous home abortions on a permanent basis has been halted after the MP who tabled the amendment to achieve this end withdrew the amendment at the last moment.

Keep reading