The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century. It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895. The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk. Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.
Here was the first piece of YouTube content, by ChildLine that kicked off my series on their content. The content I look at here provides its audience (children & teens) with search terms for niche genres of pornography, some of which I had to look up and even then some remained obscure. The fact that a children’s charity, with a statutory role in Safeguarding, would provide a list of Adult search terms for Hardcore pornography should be enough to raise serious concerns about their organisation. The remainder of the series looks at how hard they are peddling Transgender content to their viewers.
TomSka is a social media influencers recruited by the NSPCC to provide some guidance for children exposed to porn. He also hosts content on a channel called DarkSquidge. His channels are clearly linked on the ChildLine video. There is some attempt to caution about the dangers of porn, the impact on women, and the problematic nature of the porn industry. The tone, however, was anything but cautionary ending with a note of “have Fun” WTF Porn Is an apt title.
Here are a few clips which will give you an idea of the content. The tone is jocular and glorifies access to porn. There is only the merest nod to the harms access to porn can do: to young boys, and the girls who they will practice upon.
The man doing this, and the people who signed this off, clearly thought children need to be given search terms to help them navigate porn sites safely! These terms included Hentai, Hardcore, Facial, BDSM. I myself only found out about Hentai recently and it’s not for the faint hearted. Children should not be taught to fetishise women but ChildLine also highlighted interracial and Lesbian porn. I have no idea what Thespian porn is. Facial pertains to women being ejaculated upon in the face. Children seeing this video are being groomed to see niche, and degrading sexual practices as the norm. I can’t begin to imagine what Swan Disco, Far Cry or NEDM are. What I do know is ChildLine has made a video with a handy list of search terms, for children, for sexual practices that they are far to young to understand.
TomSka tells us that rape is one of the most popular themes in porn! He tells us that if the issue of consent comes up in Porn it is there to be ignored. The section on the Law and porn inserts just enough content to give the appearance of a concern about the impact of porn. However, it in no way offsets the dangerous messages in the rest of the content. How anyone can acknowledge the darker aspects of porn in such a jocular manner eludes me.
Another disturbing element is when he discusses the age of access to porn and asks the viewers this. “You are 18 right?” Again this is done in a jocular matter which makes it clear he knows, full well, he is not talking to 18 year olds.
Then cut to this response, in a child’s voice, as made clear by the subtitles.
Later on the video has a go at educating children about issues of consent. Even here it tells it’s viewers that rough and forceful sex should only be done by consent and with safe words. Once again this is teaching children about a niche adult fetish. The childLine logo is clearly displayed and it remains on their channel. I am left wondering who does due diligence at the NSPCC? I posted this and asked the NSPCC if they still stood by this content. No response. I was however sent some examples of this you tubers twitter content by other concerned tweeters.
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Next up. I will have a look at what the NSPCC thinks is important in demonstrating its LGBTQ credentials.
I am currently trying to find some content , on the ChildLine Youtube about what it means to be a same sex attracted Female, i.e. a Lesbian. So far I have found endless Transgender content.