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U.S. Drag Queen, Youth Counselor Charged With 25 Counts of Child Pornography. A Pennsylvania drag queen who counseled children at a “safe haven” for LGBTQ+ youth has reportedly been charged with 25 counts of child pornography. Read more here.

 

Fired British Art Teacher Defends Allowing Students as Young as 15 to Model Topless. A British high school art teacher is defending her actions after being fired for allowing female students to pose topless in suggestive poses for an art project. Read more here.

 

Poll: Overwhelming Majorities in Four States Favor More Curriculum Transparency. Overwhelming majorities in four states want more transparency regarding their children’s school curricula, according to a new poll from the Goldwater Institute. Read more here.

 

Number of Americans Who Believe in God Drops to All-Time Low. A new Gallup poll shows that 81 percent of Americans believe in God, the lowest percentage seen in the poll that has been conducted by Gallup since 1944. Read more here.

 

Oregon School District Books Contain Pornographic Imagery of Sex Acts. Oregon schools in the North Clackamas District contain books with pornographic imagery, including imagery of sex acts, according to an online portal used by schools. Read more here.

 

Cops Probe After VA School Librarian Says Students Are ‘Sex Workers’ to Justify Pro-Prostitution Book. Police in Northern Virginia are investigating after a middle school librarian allegedly defended a pro-prostitution book by saying it belonged in the library because many of the school’s students are sex workers. Read more here.

 

U.S. Birth Rate Increases for First Time Since 2014. The U.S. birth rate increased last year for the first time since 2014, according to provisional data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System. Read more here.

 

India on Path Toward Population Contraction. Women in India are now averaging 2.0 births over the course of their lifetime, which is below the Total Fertility Rate at which a population will hold steady. Read more here.

 

Colorado Mom Reading From Book Available to School Children Shut Down by School Board. A Colorado mother was silenced at her local school board meeting when she tried to read from books available to school children that include graphic references to sex and masturbation. Read more here.

 

Survey: Half of Koreans in Their 20s Prefer Child-Free Marriage. Almost half of South Koreans in their 20s said they would prefer to be part of a couple that does not have children after marriage. Read more here.

 

First-Time German Mothers Now Over 30 Years Old on Average. The average age for first-time mothers has hit an all-time record in Germany, climbing to over 30 years old in 2020. Read more here.

 

CA Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Groomed 80 Children Into Creating Child Pornography. Police in California arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly groomed at least 80 young children and had them create child pornography. Read more here.

 

Pornhub’s Parent Company Faces $500M Class-Action Lawsuit. A Canadian woman has filed a $500 million class-action lawsuit against Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek, claiming she was featured in pornographic videos uploaded online without her consent. Read more here.

 

U.S. Media Watchdog Finds ‘Disturbing’ Uptick in Male, Full-Frontal Nudity. Research from the Parents Television and Media Council suggests the practice of portraying male genitalia on shows like HBO’s “Euphoria” is on the rise. Read more here.

 

Utah College Offers Pornography Class. A private liberal arts college in Utah will offer an entire class on pornography in the 2022-2023 academic year, and students will “watch pornographic films together” as part of the class. Read more here.

 

Instagram Under Fire Over Sexualized Child Images. Instagram is failing to remove accounts that attract hundreds of sexualized comments for posting pictures of children in swimwear or partial clothing, even after they are flagged. Read more here.

 

PA School Board Says No to After School Satan Club. The board of Northern Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania voted 8-1 against the introduction of an After School Satan Club. Read more here.

 

‘Family Sex Show’ Production Canceled in UK. “The Family Sex Show” – a sex education stage production aimed at children as young as 5 years old that features “non-sexual nudity” – has been canceled in the UK. Read more here.

 

More States Move to Affirm Parental Rights in Education. State lawmakers across the U.S. are introducing legislation to increase classroom transparency and assert parents’ rights as decision-makers for their children. Read more here.

 

Florida Gov Signs Bill Providing $25M to Help Foster Parents. As part of Florida’s stated mission of “putting families first,” Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to provide $25 million in additional support for foster parents. Read more here.

 

Three-Parent Embryo Law Passed in Australia. A bill authorizing three-parent embryos to manage health concerns passed the upper house of the Australian Parliament after strong debate. Read more here.

 

Scathing Report Issued on UK Hospital System’s Maternity Care. A damning report on a regional UK hospital system has found that around 131 stillbirths, 70 neonatal deaths and nine maternal deaths might have been avoided if better care had been provided. Read more here.

 

UK Pregnancies Fell to 17-Year Low in 2020. According to figures compiled by Britain’s Office of National Statistics, pregnancies fell to a 17-year low during 2020. Read more here.

 

Florida Gov Signs Bill to Provide $70M to Support Fatherhood. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to provide more than $70 million toward implementation of the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. Read more here.

 

Students Asked Intrusive Sex Questions in Welsh Govt-Funded Survey. Children as young as 13 are being asked highly intrusive questions about their sexual experiences in a survey funded by the Welsh Government. Read more here.

 

CDC Warns That Teen Mental Health Is in ‘Steep’ Decline. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that American teenagers are experiencing a steep decline in mental health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

 

Florida Gov Signs Curriculum Transparency Bill Into Law. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law which “requires school districts to be transparent in the selection of instructional materials, including library and reading materials.” Read more here.

 

U.S. Library Association’s National Conference Teaches About ‘Queering the Library.’ The Public Library Association’s national conference will include a session titled “Queering the Library: Strategically Creating Space for the LGBTQ+ Community.” Read more here.

 

GA Parent Reading Sexual Content From Library Book Cut Off at School Board Meeting. A Georgia school board member cut off a mother reading sexually explicit content from a book available to high school students in the district, saying the passage was “inappropriate” for any children to potentially hear. Read more here.

 

Disney Plus Streaming Service Now Features Explicit Content. Streaming service Disney Plus is now featuring six Marvel TV series rated TV-MA, meaning they include content for mature audiences. Read more here.

 

Instagram Unveils Tools for Parents to Track Teen Activity. Social media platform Instagram launched a “Family Center” feature for parents to have the ability to track their children’s activity and time spent on the app. Read more here.

 

Over 100 Arrested in Florida Human Trafficking Operation. Several Disney employees and a former judge were among the more than 100 people arrested in connection with a Florida human trafficking operation. Read more here.

 

‘Dirty Dozen List’ Names Twelve Companies Profiting Off Sexual Exploitation. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released its annual Dirty Dozen list that documents how 12 entities are profiting off sexually exploitative practices. Read more here.

 

Investigation Called for After UK NHS Trust Gives ‘Underage Sex Advice.’ The Christian Institute has called for the NHS Lanarkshire Trust to be investigated for encouraging 13- to 15-year-olds to engage in underage sex. Read more here.

 

WHO Calls Down Syndrome a ‘Severe Birth Defect.’ The World Health Organization received fierce criticism for calling Down syndrome a “severe birth defect” which takes “a significant toll on individuals, families, health care systems and societies.” Read more here.

 

States File FOIA Lawsuit Demanding Info on FBI Surveillance of Parents. A 14-state coalition has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Biden administration demanding the government provide records on any FBI surveillance of parents. Read more here.

 

Netflix Asks Court to Block Prosecution Over Controversial ‘Cuties’ Film. Attorneys for Netflix filed a complaint in federal court arguing that prosecution accusing them of spreading child pornography over their film “Cuties” would be a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech. Read more here.

 

SCOTUS Takes Up Battle Over Adoption of Native American Children. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a decades-old law placing federal restrictions on the adoption of Native American children violates the Constitution. Read more here.

 

Metaverse Apps Allow Kids Into Digital Sex Clubs. A researcher who went undercover in the virtual reality metaverse as a 13-year-old girl witnessed grooming, graphic sexual material, and threats of rape on various apps. Read more here.

 

Irish Minister Says Sexual Predators Have ‘Right to Be Forgotten.’ Ireland’s Minister for Justice has said that sex offenders have a “right to be forgotten” under European Union law and that the Irish Department of Justice aims to uphold that law. Read more here.

 

U.S. Senators Introduce ‘Kids Online Safety Act.’ A new proposal backed by bipartisan senators would require social media platforms to take additional measures to keep children under 16 safe online. Read more here.

 

Adidas Shows 25 Pairs of Bare Breasts in Ad for Sports Bras. Adidas released an ad for sports bras showing 25 pairs of bare breasts, stating that they want to “celebrate bodies in all their glory.” Read more here.

 

Judge Denies Porn Giant MindGeek’s Motion to Dismiss Child Sex Abuse Survivors’ Lawsuit. A federal judge in Alabama has allowed a class action lawsuit by survivors of child sexual abuse against the parent company of popular pornography website Pornhub and other porn websites to move forward. Read more here.

 

French Lawmakers Pass Bill Expanding Adoption for Non-Married and Same-Sex Couples. A majority of French MPs have voted in favor of a bill that will open up adoption to non-married couples, including same-sex couples. Read more here.

 

VA Legislature Considers Repeal of Law That Says Misdemeanor Sex Crimes in Schools Needn’t Be Reported to Police. The Virginia Senate is hearing a bill already passed by the House of Delegates to repeal a law saying school officials don’t have to report misdemeanor sex crimes to law enforcement. Read more here.

 

UK Govt Proposals Would Require Porn Websites Prevent Children From Accessing Content. Under new proposals from the UK government, pornographic websites could face huge fines and risk being blocked if they do not have age-verification systems in place to prevent children from accessing content. Read more here.

 

CT University’s Required COVID Module Contains Sexual Health Component. Wesleyan University in Connecticut required students to pass an online COVID-19 module, including a sexual health section that encouraged students to try masturbation and “phone sex.” Read more here.

 

D.A.R.E. Says HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ Glamorizes Sex, Drug Use Among Teens. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is calling out HBO’s hit show “Euphoria” for its depiction of “high school student drug use, addiction, anonymous sex, violence, and other destructive behaviors…” Read more here.

 

SUNY Fredonia Bars Pedophilia-Defending Professor From Campus. A State University of New York at Fredonia professor who was caught on video defending pedophilia has been barred from campus pending an investigation into comments that were called “absolutely abhorrent” by the university’s president. Read more here.

 

Children’s Access to Porn Should Be ‘Urgently Addressed,’ Warns Irish Group. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeKids in the Republic of Ireland, quoted studies showing that half of 11- to 16-year-olds have watched pornography and called for this access to be “urgently addressed.” Read more here.

 

SUNY Professor Under Review for Comments Defending Pedophilia. A State University of New York at Fredonia professor is under review after video clips surfaced of him defending pedophilia. Read more here.

 

Princeton Invites Students to Make ‘Art’ With Condoms. Princeton University is asking students to participate in a “latex art contest” where participants make “art” out of condoms. Read more here.

 

Parental Rights Activists Slam ACLU for Opposing Curriculum Transparency Laws. Parental rights activists condemned the American Civil Liberties Union for opposing curriculum transparency laws, saying that the ACLU is siding against parents when it comes to their children’s education. Read more here.

 

California Parents Outraged Over Sex Toy Fundraiser for Soccer Team. Parents in Sacramento, California were outraged to find out that sex toy sales were being used as a fundraiser for a soccer team with an extensive youth program. Read more here.

 

Councils Revolt Over Scottish Govt’s ‘Sex Survey’ for Kids. Almost a third of local authorities in Scotland have refused to roll out the government’s controversial survey into the sexual behaviors of young people. Read more here.

 

MA Relative Adoption Law Sails Through Legislature. A bill allowing the adoption of younger sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews passed the Massachusetts legislature in a unanimous vote. Read more here.

 

VA School District Removes Book for ‘Sexual Content.’ Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia will remove the controversial book Gender Queer: A Memoir, written by Maia Kobabe, from school library shelves, a spokesman announced. Read more here.

 

U.S. Writer Calls for Parenthood to Be Abolished to ‘Achieve Equity.’ A writer is proposing that California abolish parenthood because the family prevents “true equity” and “compounds privilege.” Read more here.

 

China Records Lowest Birth Rate in Modern History in 2021. Data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics showed births running only slightly ahead of deaths in 2021. Read more here.

 

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Removal of Ed Secretary Over Reported Role in Targeting Parents. Dozens of U.S. lawmakers are calling for the removal of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona after a report of his apparent role in labeling some concerned parents “domestic terrorists.” Read more here.

 

New Filipino Law Will Simplify Adoption Process. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that simplifies the adoption process and creates a new government body dedicated exclusively to domestic adoptions. Read more here.

 

U.S. School District Defends ‘After School Satan Club’ for Elementary Students. A school district in Illinois is defending a flyer that surfaced advertising an “After School Satan Club” for children in grades one through five, claiming the decision to allow the group rested on “equal access.” Read more here.

 

Poland MPs Back Controlling Schools to Stop ‘Threats to Children’s Morals.’ Poland is considering legislation which stipulates that extracurricular activities run by NGOs in schools will need to be approved by a government-appointed supervisor. Read more here.

 

Major U.S. Newspaper Runs Article Saying Pedophilia Is Merely ‘Inappropriate.’ One of the United States’ most widely circulated newspapers ran an article that presented pedophilia as “among the most misunderstood” conditions in American society. Read more here.

 

Reviewers Note ‘Far Too Much Nudity, Sex and Violence’ in HBO Teen Drama. Parents are being warned about the extremely graphic sexual content in an HBO series focused on teenaged characters and starring “Spiderman” star Zendaya. Read more here.

 

U.S. Ed Secretary Allegedly Solicited Letter From NSBA Comparing Parents to Domestic Terrorists. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona allegedly solicited the National School Boards Association letter comparing parents to domestic terrorists, according to emails obtained by Parents Defending Education. Read more here.

 

Scottish Govt Urged to Scrap Survey Asking Kids About ‘Anal Sex.’ Scotland’s largest parent organization is calling for the government to withdraw its school health and wellbeing census which asks 14-year-olds about their experience with anal sex. Read more here.

 

Pope Calls Out Couples Who Have Pets Instead of Children. Pope Francis emphasized the crisis of low birth rates and said couples bypassing children for pets are engaging in a “form of selfishness.” Read more here.

 

Over 400 Churches Close in UK in Past Decade. Over 400 Anglican churches have closed in Britain due to a lack of attendance and support from the local community over the past decade. Read more here.

 

OK Bill Would Let Parents Remove Sexually Explicit Books From School Libraries. A new Oklahoma bill would give parents the right to request a book be removed from a school library if it contains sexual content that “a reasonable parent” would want to approve of before their child reads it. Read more here.

 

Pope Francis Warns of Italy’s ‘Demographic Winter’ Amidst Dwindling Birth Rates. Pope Francis warned against the “demographic winter” caused by low birth rates impacting Italy and other countries around the world. Read more here.

 

PA Gov Vetoes Measure Aimed at Increasing Transparency in School Curriculum. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation that would have given parents a closer look at what their children are learning in school, citing concerns that the bill’s requirements are “overly burndensome.” Read more here.

 

France Threatens to Block Five Pornography Websites Unless They Enforce Age Verification Restrictions. The Higher Audiovisual Council of France threatened to block five pornographic websites unless they enforce age verification restrictions that ensure users are 18 years or older. Read more here.

 

Man Sentenced to Prison for Using Facebook to Distribute Child Pornography. A 33-year-old Indiana man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for producing child pornography and distributing it via Facebook, according to the Department of Justice. Read more here.

 

Biden Admin Reverses Decision to Not Track Teacher Sex Offenses After Public Backlash. The U.S. Department of Education announced it is reversing its decision to stop data collection about teacher-on-student sexual assault allegations after facing sharp public backlash. Read more here.

 

UK Commissioner Asks Parents to Talk to Their Children About Pornography. The Children’s Commissioner for England has asked parents to talk to their children about pornography before they find themselves exposed to the material online. Read more here.

 

Young Students in WI School District Able to Access Pornography Through School iPads. Students in a Wisconsin school district were able to access pornography on their school’s iPads due to a lack of “working” filters, according to the mom of a student who accessed the material. Read more here.

 

Texas School Returns Explicit LGBT Graphic Novel to Library After Review. Canutillo Independent School District in Texas will return a graphic novel which contains depictions of oral sex and masturbation to its high school library after a committee deemed its content was appropriate for minors. Read more here.

 

Number of U.S. Adults Who Identify as Christian Drops 12% in 10 Years. The number of U.S. adults who identify as Christian has dropped 12 points in 10 years, according to a new study. Read more here.

 

U.S. High Schools Directing Students to Alleged Porn Producer for ‘Scholarship.’ Multiple high schools are encouraging their students to apply for a “scholarship” from a doctor accused of tricking young people into filming pornography that he sold or posted to shame them. Read more here.

 

Children’s Commissioner’s Call to Pause Sex Survey Ignored by Scottish Govt. A call from Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner to pause the roll-out of a controversial survey which asks children as young as 14 about their sexual experiences has been ignored by the Scottish government. Read more here.

 

Mexican Supreme Court Affirms ‘Right’ to Change Birth Certificates to Reflect ‘Age Identity.’ Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation has affirmed that a “fundamental right to personal identity” includes the right to change one’s date of birth on government documents. Read more here.

 

Study Finds Number of Kids Ages 9-12 Sharing Nudes More Than Doubled in 2020. The share of minors ages 9-12 who are sharing self-generated nude images online more than doubled in 2020, a new study shows. Read more here.

 

Facebook Reveals Instagram Parental Controls Ahead of Senate Hearing. Facebook-owned Instagram is introducing a set of parental control features that it claims will give parents and guardians more oversight over their teens’ social media usage. Read more here.

 

Virginia Parents Demand School Board Resign After ‘Doubling Down’ on ‘Porn in Schools.’ Virginia parents gathered outside the Fairfax County School Board meeting to voice their opposition after Fairfax County Public Schools reintroduced two books containing depictions of graphic sexual activity. Read more here.

 

Scottish Govt Creates Sexual Survey for Teens. Children as young as 14 are to be asked explicit questions about their sexual experiences in a survey designed by Public Health Scotland. Read more here.

 

CIA Files Say Staffers Were Never Prosecuted for Sex Crimes Committed Against Minors. The Central Intelligence Agency has amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children, though only one was ever prosecuted. Read more here.

 

Italy Approves Financial Incentives to Have Children. The Council of Ministers in Italy approved a universal monthly allowance for children to be paid to families starting in January 2022. Read more here.

 

More American Adults Living Alone, Census Bureau Reports. More American adults are living alone, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more here.

 

MN Public School District Tried to Charge Parents More Than $900K for Records. A public school district in Minnesota told a law firm representing concerned parents that it could cost over $900,000 to complete a government records request. Read more here.

 

Poll: More U.S. Adults Say They’re Not Planning to Have Children. A growing number of U.S. adults who do not already have children say they are unlikely ever to have them as birth rates continue to decline across the country, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Read more here.

 

UM Club Hosts ‘Sex Night’ to Teach Students About Sexual Health. A student club at the University of Miami hosted a “Sex Night” to answer questions on sexual health; they also gave away condoms, vibrators, and other sexually explicit raffle items. Read more here.

 

Top Librarian Leadership May Not Want ‘Pornographic’ Books Removed From School Libraries. The majority of governing board members for the American Association of School Librarians expressed that they believe the removal of alleged “pornographic images” from school libraries is akin to “book banning,” according to their social media posts. Read more here.

 

VA School District Returns Sexually Explicit Books to High School Libraries. A northern Virginia school system said it is placing two books that contain extremely graphic sexual material back into school libraries after a review determined the books were appropriate for high school readers. Read more here.

 

Biden Ed Dept to Curtail Trump-Era Effort to Track Teacher Sex Crimes. President Joe Biden’s Department of Education will no longer ask school districts for data pertaining to teacher-on-student sexual assault allegations. Read more here.

 

Children in England’s Care System Could Hit Almost 100K by 2025. The number of children in the care system in England could reach almost 100,000 by 2025, according to a new analysis. Read more here.

 

St. Louis Schools See Attempt to Remove Books From Libraries. A handful of school districts across the St. Louis region are facing formal attempts to remove more than 20 books from public school libraries. Read more here.

 

VA School Failed to Notify Parents Before Administering Survey on Sexual Activity. Loudoun Valley High School in Virginia failed to notify parents of their ability to opt their children out of an invasive survey which asked students about their sexual activity. Read more here.

 

State AGs Open Investigation Into Instagram’s Effect on Teens. A coalition of state attorneys general has launched an investigation into Instagram’s effects on teens and whether the media giant is violating states’ consumer protection laws. Read more here.

 

U.S. Senator Introduces Legislation to Defend Parents’ Rights in Education. Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill to protect the rights of parents in education, including the right of parents to access their child’s school curriculum. Read more here.

 

FBI Whistleblower Claims DOJ Used Counterterrorism Tools Against Parents. An internal email provided by an FBI whistleblower reveals that the Bureau created a system to track so-called “threats” against school officials made by concerned parents. Read more here.

 

Parents Group Slams School Survey Asking Students About Sex. A parent advocacy group is slamming the largest school district in Virginia for administering a voluntary survey that asks students personal questions about their sex lives. Read more here.

 

AZ Police Investigate School Board President That Kept Dossier on Parents. Police in Arizona have launched an investigation into Scottsdale Unified School District president Jann-Michael Greenburg after allegations surfaced that he kept a dossier of information on parents who oppose district policies. Read more here.

 

Vermont Becomes First State to Require Access to Condoms in Schools. The state of Vermont became the first to require that condoms be made available to middle and high school students. Read more here.

 

Internal Docs Confirm NSBA Coordinated With WH on Letter Calling Parents ‘Domestic Terrorists.’ Newly released internal emails reveal that the National School Boards Association coordinated with the White House and the Department of Justice on the notorious letter that compared concerned parents to domestic terrorists. Read more here.

 

AZ School Board President Kept Personal Info on Protesting Parents, Documents Suggest. A local school board president in Arizona appears to have kept a dossier containing extremely personal information on 47 parents who spoke out against his policies at school board meetings. Read more here.

 

UK University Offers Lessons on Safe Prostitution. Durham University in England is reportedly offering its students online lessons on how to stay safe while working as a prostitute. Read more here.

 

TX School Board Says Parents Should Be Ashamed for Criticizing Sexually Explicit Library Books. A Texas school board has attributed the spread of sexually explicit material in books shelved at one of its school libraries to parents who have protested the books on social media. Read more here.

 

VA School Board Orders Libraries to Remove Sexually Explicit Books. A local school board in Fredericksburg, Virginia has ordered school libraries in the district to begin removing books containing sexually explicit material from the shelves and to report the number of books that are removed at a special meeting. Read more here.

 

VA Mom Who Exposed Pornographic Books Barred From High School Library. A Virginia mother has been barred from entering her son’s public high school library weeks after she addressed the county school board over the presence of pornographic books in the library. Read more here.

 

UK Free Speech Law Needs ‘Stock Amendment,’ Ministers Told. A “Stock Amendment” must be added to the free speech bill, UK ministers have been told, to protect academics like Kathleen Stock who was harassed by students for affirming biological sex. Read more here.

 

Roku to Drop Pornhub, Adult Entertainment Channels. Streaming media company Roku plans to shut down non-certified channels on its platform next year, which will result in the dropping of Pornhub and other adult entertainment channels. Read more here.

 

Chinese Province Proposes One Year Paid Maternity Leave to Combat Low Birth Rate. The Chinese province of Shaanxi is looking to increase the duration of paid maternity leave to nearly one full year in an effort to encourage couples to have children. Read more here.

 

No Charges for Wyoming Librarians Over Sexually Explicit Books Available to Children. After parents called for an investigation, a Wyoming prosecutor decided he won’t charge library employees for making sexually explicit books available to young people. Read more here.

 

Texas Gov Demands Removal of ‘Clearly Pornographic’ Content From School Libraries. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on the Texas Association of School Boards to remove “clearly pornographic” content found in school libraries. Read more here.

 

PA Taxpayers Sue School Board for Trying to Silence Criticism. Four taxpayers in Pennsylvania have filed a free speech lawsuit that could set a precedent for invalidating policies that shield both school administrators and elected officials from public criticism. Read more here.

 

Documents Reveal Facebook Hired Developers to Target Children as Young as Six. Internal documents show that Facebook has been actively hiring employees to build products that target children as young as six years old to expand its user base. Read more here.

 

EU Suspends WHO Funding Programs in Congo After Sex Abuse Scandal. The European Commission has suspended funding to the World Health Organization’s programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to concerns over the UN agency’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal. Read more here.

 

Whistleblower: Facebook’s Response to Child Sexual Abuse Is ‘Inadequate’ and ‘Under-Resourced.’ A former Facebook employee reportedly told U.S. authorities that the social media giant’s efforts to remove child sexual abuse material have been “inadequate” and “under-resourced.” Read more here.

 

WHO Expert: More Victims Complain of Sexual Abuse in Congo Scandal. More women have reported sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers during an Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo since a report into the scandal was previously issued, a senior World Health Organization official said. Read more here.

 

FL Students Go on Field Trip to “Gay Bar” With Parental Consent. A Florida public elementary school sent students to a “gay bar” for a field trip, and the school district confirmed that parents were aware of the destination and signed permission slips. Read more here.

 

UK Theater Encourages Children as Young as Five to Attend ‘Sex Ed Show.’ Bath’s Theatre Royal is advertising a “sex education show” featuring nudity to audiences as young as five years old. Read more here.

 

KY High School’s Homecoming Activities Included Students Performing Lap Dances on Staff. The superintendent of Hazard Independent Schools in Eastern Kentucky said “appropriate disciplinary action has been taken” after photos surfaced showing students giving lap dances to staff and wearing scant clothing as part of the high school’s homecoming week festivities. Read more here.

 

Biden White House Colluded With NSBA to Launch Attack on Parents. President Biden’s White House colluded with the National School Boards Association to launch a war on parents who want to hold their school districts accountable by sharing information the administration thought could be used to justify domestic terrorism charges. Read more here.

 

Poll: Over 40% of Gen Z Now Addicted to Social Media. According to a new poll, some 28% of respondents, including 42% of those who were between the ages of 16 and 27, and thus labeled Gen Z, said they were addicted to social media. Read more here.

 

Virginia School Survey Asks Students About Gender Identity, Sexual Activity. A survey from the Fairfax County Public Schools system in Virginia will ask children as young as 13 years old to anonymously answer questions about their sex lives, whether they are transgender, and intimate details of their family life. Read more here.

 

UK University Offers ‘Sex Work Toolkit’ to Students. More than 11,000 people have signed a petition calling on the University of Leicester in England to stop distribution of a “sex work toolkit” which gives students advice on how to make money from pornography. Read more here.

 

Mom Reports School to Police for Promoting Pornographic Book to Children. A concerned mother says she’s filed a police report against North Kingstown High School in Rhode Island for promoting a book with homosexual pornography to minors in the school library. Read more here.

 

Poll Suggests Fewer Americans Think Marriage Is Needed to Create Strong Families. Just over half of Americans still believe that marriage is needed to create strong families, according to an annual nationwide survey. Read more here.

 

Majority of Brits Want Tougher Restrictions on Pornography. The majority of Brits would support tighter restrictions on online pornography, a new survey has found. Read more here.

 

More Americans Living Without a Spouse or Partner, Research Shows. As part of a growing trend, about four out of 10 adults in the United States are living without a romantic partner, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. Read more here.

 

U.S. House Republicans Call on Amazon to End Relationship With OnlyFans Over Child Pornography. Eight House Republicans sent a letter to the Amazon Web Services CEO urging the cloud service provider to end its business relationship with OnlyFans over the presence of child pornography on the platform. Read more here.

 

UNICEF Endorses ‘Sexual Autonomy’ for Kids. UNICEF’s Executive Board has approved a strategic plan that endorses sexual autonomy for children and school-based access to abortion and contraception. Read more here.

 

UNICEF Permanently Removes Pro-Pornography Report. It appears that UNICEF has permanently removed a controversial report which concluded pornography may not always be harmful when consumed by children. Read more here.

 

Wyoming Librarians Could Face Prosecution Over Sexually Explicit Book in Children’s Section. Employees at a Wyoming library are facing possible prosecution after local residents complained to police that books at the library about sex and LGBTQ issues are obscene and do not belong in sections designated for youth. Read more here.

 

U.S. Senator to Introduce Legislation Holding Social Media Companies Accountable for Harm to Children. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is introducing legislation to establish a federal tort against social media companies in an attempt to hold them accountable if they cause bodily or mental injuries to children. Read more here.

 

WHO Staff Abused Women in the Congo During Ebola Outbreak, Probe Finds. Dozens of aid workers employed by the World Health Organization and others responding to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo sexually abused and exploited women and girls as young as 14, an independent commission reported. Read more here.

 

Books Containing Graphic Sex Depictions Pulled From Virginia School District. Two books have been removed from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia after a parent read graphic passages from them during a school board meeting. Read more here.

 

VA Gubernatorial Candidate Says Parents Shouldn’t Have Say in What Children Are Taught in School. Responding to a recent incident where a parent complained that books available to students contained graphic sexual content, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe declared that parents shouldn’t have a say in what their kids are taught in public schools. Read more here.

 

Facebook to ‘Pause’ Instagram Kids After Backlash. Facebook said that it will “pause” its development of Instagram Kids, a social media service for children under 13, after pushback from child advocates, parents and lawmakers. Read more here.

 

Facebook Claims Instagram Isn’t ‘Toxic’ for Teens Despite Leaked Internal Reports. Facebook has responded to a recent series of reports containing leaked internal documents that show Instagram often has a negative effect on the mental health of its teenage users, stating that the claims are “not accurate.” Read more here.

 

UK Fertility Rate Falls to Half of Post-War Levels. The UK is facing a “baby shortage” with fertility rates dropping to nearly half those seen in the post-World War II boom. Read more here.

 

Angry Texas Parent Confronts School Board Over Sexually Explicit Passage Found in Middle School Library Book. A Texas mom harshly criticized the local school district about a book in the district’s middle school libraries that described graphic sex, snapping, “I do not want my children to learn about anal sex in middle school.” Read more here.

 

Poll: One-Third of UK Adults Say Pornography Is Acceptable Part of Modern Society. A new survey found that one-third of adults in the United Kingdom say pornography is now an acceptable part of modern society. Read more here.

 

Report: UK Children Going to Hospital for Mental Health Problems Jumps 50 Percent. The number of children who went to Accident and Emergency in England suffering from severe mental health problems increased by more than 50 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

 

Over 40K Back Campaign Urging Porn Sites to Require ID for Accessing Explicit Content. A U.S. nonprofit organization has launched a new campaign backed by over 40,000 supporters urging government leaders to require pornography platforms to install more effective age-verification methods. Read more here.

 

Parent Group Demands Child Pornography Investigation After Reviewing Netflix Show. The Parents Television and Media Council is demanding Netflix be investigated over a show which features 12- and 13-year-old characters engaging in sexual acts and includes animated nudity and graphic dialogue. Read more here.

 

Report: Facebook Knows Instagram Harms Teen Girls but Keeps Pushing App. Facebook executives are reportedly aware that subsidiary photo-sharing app Instagram is harmful to teenage girls, but they continue to push the platform on that demographic. Read more here.

 

Facebook Draws Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Instagram’s Impact on Teens. A group of U.S. lawmakers doubled down on calls for Facebook to abandon plans to launch an Instagram for kids following a bombshell report detailing the company’s internal research on the effects Instagram has on teens’ mental health. Read more here.

 

Investigation Finds TikTok Promotes Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol to Kids. Video-sharing platform TikTok promotes sexual content to underage users through its suggestion algorithm, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. Read more here.

 

Study: More Women With College Degrees Having Babies Out of Wedlock. A new study from Johns Hopkins University shows women with college degrees are now six times more likely to give birth to their first child out of wedlock than their counterparts just 25 years ago. Read more here.

 

Google Chromebook Dropped From NCOSE’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ List. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation announced that Google Chromebook was being removed from its 2021 Dirty Dozen List after Google implemented new safety standards for their product. Read more here.

 

UN Agency for Children to Promote Sexual Autonomy. UNICEF, the UN agency for children, is revamping its strategic framework to promote sexual autonomy for children. Read more here.

 

Over 100 Arrested in U.S. Multi-State Human Trafficking Investigation. A major human trafficking law enforcement operation has resulted in the rescue of 47 people who were trafficked and the arrest of 102 individuals across 12 states. Read more here.

 

UK Children’s Commissioner Calls for Tougher Checks to Protect Children From Online Pornography. Dame Rachel de Souza, UK Children’s Commissioner, says more must be done by the government and internet platforms to prevent children from accessing pornographic material. Read more here.

 

New Chief Chaplain at Harvard an Atheist. Harvard University has selected a man who does not believe in God to be the school’s chief chaplain. Read more here.

 

OnlyFans Reverses Promised Porn Ban After Social Media Outrage. Subscription service OnlyFans announced that it has reneged on plans to ban pornography on its platform just six days after the company first publicized the intended policy change. Read more here.

 

Porn Site OnlyFans to Ban ‘Sexually Explicit’ Content, Nudity Still Allowed. Subscription service OnlyFans, overwhelmingly filled with pornography, will reportedly ban “sexually explicit” images and videos on the site starting in October, yet has left many confused as it later clarified that nude content will still be allowed. Read more here.

 

Judge Rules Sex Trafficking Victims Can Sue Twitter for Not Removing Child Porn Videos. A federal judge in California has allowed a lawsuit against Twitter filed on behalf of two victims of child sexual abuse to move forward, having partly denied a motion by the social media platform to dismiss the complaint. Read more here.

 

Chinese Three-Child Policy Formally Passed Into Law. China has formally revised its laws to allow couples to have up to three children with hopes of boosting the birth rate. Read more here.

 

Survey: Only 9 Percent of Gen Z Youth in U.S. Are ‘Bible-Centered.’ Fewer than 10% of Generation Z youth say they’re committed to reading the Bible regularly, according to a survey that was part of a newly released report by the American Bible Society. Read more here.

 

Report: Leftist Billionaires Pay UN Experts to Promote Their Political Agendas. A report from the European Center for Law and Justice details how private money is pouring into the UN human rights system without any transparency, compromising the independence and impartiality of UN experts. Read more here.

 

Over 100 Members of U.S. Congress Urge DOJ to Investigate OnlyFans Over Child Abuse Content. More than 100 members of Congress have urged the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate accusations that OnlyFans is “a major marketplace for buying and selling Child Sexual Abuse Material in the United States, as well as soliciting sexual activity with minors.” Read more here.

 

Google Play Will Remove ‘Sugar Dating’ Apps Which Foster Prostitution and Sex Trafficking. Google Play will no longer carry “sugar dating” apps widely known for promoting compensated sexual acts that have led to many cases of sex trafficking and sexual assault among young women and underage girls. Read more here.

 

Parents Ask TikTok for Access to Videos Their Kids Are Watching. After multiple instances of kids being harmed or killed by participating in TikTok challenges, more than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking TikTok CEO Vanessa Pappas to introduce parent “mirror” accounts. Read more here.

 

Police in China Detain Head of Company That Was Buying and Selling Babies. Police in Weifang, China have detained the head of a company that appears to be a front group for buying and selling babies. Read more here.

 

Study: Dads Have Distinct, Special Role in Helping Kids Grow Into Mature Adults. A study by researchers at Penn State University found that closeness with fathers positively affects the self-esteem, weight management, and prevalence of depressive symptoms in both girls and boys. Read more here.

 

BBC Asks Viewers If There Should Be ‘Age-Appropriate Porn’ for Children. BBC Woman’s Hour asked social media followers to submit opinions about whether there should be “age-appropriate porn” for teens. Read more here.

 

CA YMCA Hosts Pornographer to Teach Art to Kids. The Burbank, California YMCA’s Social Impact Center hosted an all-ages event where Blake Rodriguez, whose work features pornographic depictions of characters from popular children’s shows, delivered a “painting workshop.” Read more here.

 

Converse Under Fire for Releasing Shoes Featuring a Satanic Symbol. American shoemaker Converse is receiving backlash after releasing a new line of sneakers featuring a satanic pentagram symbol. Read more here.