Five-year-old children are being affected by porn. This causes them to sexually abuse their peers.

Federal MPs are now concerned with the way children might come across pornographic material on the Internet, while naively doing homework.

West Australian Liberal Senator Chris Back and Labour counterpart Joe Bullock formed a state inquiry committee to look into how children are being sexualised at a young age.

“What prompted it for me has been the number of people who have contacted me that they have little or no control over what their children are seeing,” said Senator Back.

A child development expert said there are cases where primary school kids are forcing classmates to carry out sexual acts including intercourse.

University of South Australia Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs found in one of her works that some fathers watch online porn with their young sons.  They do this to have “fun” as “that’s what guys do.”

An article in “Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice” journal stated that in June 2004, the Australian government started a bill that tackles porn and control over telecommunication.

The journal was published by Australian Institute of Criminology.

According to Senator Back, ways by which children can be protected shall be explored. One is by creating Internet-wide filtering system through advanced technology.

There have been attempts by the Rudd Government to take advanced filtering methods. But those plans were thwarted by the issues of censorship and slow download speeds, says The West Australian.

The Abbott government set an “e-Safety commissioner” to ensure children’s online safety.

Professor Briggs noted the growing cases of child sexual abuse in schools. She also urged for child protection in the school curriculum.

“The problem is that neither teachers, police nor social workers appear to be trained to take these behaviours seriously and respond appropriately,” she said.