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Online porn bill going ahead as more kids try to access porn at school

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 6 Nov 2019, 9:51am
There were 5 million attempts to access porn in three months. (Photo / 123RF)

Online porn bill going ahead as more kids try to access porn at school

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 6 Nov 2019, 9:51am

Officials have been ordered to prepare law changes restricting New Zealanders' access to online pornography.

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin says she hopes to introduce the proposals to Parliament before next year's election.

"Officials are now looking at policy options for preventing harm to children and young people from online pornography," she said.

"It's a priority of mine and I really want to see legislation introduced this term."

Her statement comes as Network for Learning (N4L), which provides fast broadband to NZ schools, revealed that it blocked 5.15 million attempts to access porn from the school network in the three months to September 30.

However, not everyone is on board with the proposals.

Internet New Zealand engagement director Andrew Cushen told Mike Hosking it is too much.

“I think it sounds like a pretty extreme idea that would involve some pretty big intrusions into your private life and my private life.”

Cushen says porn has no place in schools, and that is where the restrictions should apply.

“Given that they are there to learn, restricting porn makes sense in that environment for  that problem.”

The United Kingdom recently gave up efforts to introduce a similar policy plan.

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