“Children have a right to be children,” Australian Bishops

“Children have a right to be children,” Australian Bishops

Australian bishops opined that exposure to pornography harm children and they suggested that it should be considered as child abuse.

“Children have a right to be children, away from the pressures applied by advertising and other images on television and the internet for them to dress and act as mini-adults. Bombarding children with sexualized images can hurt their normal development,” said Australian Bishops Conference.

Australian Bishops Conference had appointed a committee to study the harmful effects of pornography on children. “The Church has its own shameful history of child abuse and, particularly because of that terrible experience for victims, does not want to see other forms of abuse of children such as the harms from the increased availability of pornography”, they added.