Voluntary groups have said that households without regular internet access were struggling to carry out essential tasks like paying bills, submitting job applications and making universal credit inquiries since community centres and libraries closed in March.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of the homeless charity Shelter, has described the digital divide as “fast becoming a defining social justice issue of this crisis”.
The video for the ‘Keep It Real’ Online series, shows fictional porn actors calling to a house to tell a woman that her son has been watching their clips online, adding that they don’t talk about consent and “just get straight to it”, The actors then explain that this is not what sex is like in real life, and express concern that young people won’t know that.
It follows a December 2019 report that revealed young New Zealanders use the internet as their first and primary tool to learn about sex – and a third of the most popular pornography clips viewed in the country depicted non-consensual activities.
The series also includes videos addressing cyberbullying, grooming by paedophiles, and the ease of children’s access to violent content.
The UN found that children and young people are often subjected to this practice, in part because they lack the legal right to control their health care decisions and ‘as a result of the desire of parents or guardians to have them conform to expectations, (either theirs or their communities), regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.’
The UN’s Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, said that conversion therapy is a risk to LGBTQ lives around the globe.