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Should New Zealanders have to enter a credit card number to watch porn online?

New Zealand experts say a radical proposal in Britain to make people enter their credit card details to prove they are over 18 before accessing porn sites won't work.

In New Zealand it's illegal to supply sexual material to anyone under 18, but most websites have few ways to check this.

"We have those legislative safeguards, how we enforce them is always a difficult thing," said Sean Lyons, Netsafe Director Of Outreach.

Netsafe also says there are privacy and security issues when you ask people to supply credit card details. 

"There's a potential for us to build data bases of people who are accessing adult content, which could then be a target for hacking attacks," Mr Lyons said. 

Former Kiwi porn king Steve Crowe says the UK plan is a waste of time.

"Little Johnny can go and steal dad's credit card. If he really wants to see something, he can get mum’s credit card," said Mr Crowe, who made his living from adult entertainment for years. 

Recent studies show a third of all internet bandwidth is used to view pornography, and nine out of 10 men admit to watching porn in the last year. 

Associate Professor Jan Jordan of Victoria University says there has always been a market for pornography.

"But what the internet has done has made it so easily, quickly, globally accessible that anyone can just dial up the most sadistic pornography just from their own home any night," she said.

Accessing pornography is just a click away, but making sure children can't watch it is a growing challenge.

It's illegal to supply sexual material to those under 18, but most websites have few ways to check this. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: 'Just fantastic' - 80-year-old go-getter from Nelson skydives for charity

She’s paraglided, flown in a Tiger Moth and gone ballooning, but today’s 16,500ft skydive was something "totally different" for 80-year-old Betty Van Rooyen.

The Cancer Society volunteer and active community member from Nelson took the giant leap today, in order to raise money for those affected by cancer.

"It’s a very good cause. I’ve got a friend who is very sick with cancer so I’m also doing it for her," Mrs Van Rooyen told 1 NEWS.

Nineteen people have signed up to skydive from Motueka, with Skydive Abel Tasman offering free jumps for anyone who is able to raise $1000 for the cause.

Today Mrs Van Rooyen was the first to jump. She laughed off her nerves in front of more than 20 supporters, many from her retirement village community.

Her first words when landing back on solid ground were "just fantastic".

Now Mrs Van Rooyen has plans to tick off her next skydive.. or bungy jump.

Her fundraising page can be found at: https://jumpforcancernelson.everydayhero.com/nz/help-betty-jump