Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Seminars reignite debate on sexualisation of children

    21/11/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • ‘Children in a sexualised society’ seminars attended by hundreds
    • One seminar held for policy and media companies and one for parents
    The debate on the sexualisation of children will be reignited, following today’s two seminars titled ‘Children’s Wellbeing in a Sexualised Society’, held in Perth.
     
    The seminars are expected to be attended by hundreds of parents, policy makers and representatives from the media and advertising agencies to highlight society’s sexualisation of children.
     
    Community Services and Youth Minister Robyn McSweeney said there was increasing community concern that children were being exposed to inappropriate media and advertising.
     
    “The Department for Communities continues to identify the sexualisation of children as an issue of concern, with children showing sexualised behaviours at an earlier age,” Mrs McSweeney said.
     
    “Research shows children are being directly marketed to, and exposed to, media and advertising inappropriate for their age. There are also indications the early exposure of children and young people to adult concepts increases the risks of them engaging in sexualised behaviour.”
     
    The Minister said the sexualisation of children was a whole of community issue requiring action from parents, government agencies, the media, advertising agencies and retailers.
     
    “Today’s seminars provide an important forum to discuss what the evidence shows and the impact on children’s wellbeing,” she said.
     
    “The State Government will continue to keep the matter at the forefront of the community agenda and encourages parents to keep up the pressure on retailers, media outlets and advertisers.”
     
    The seminar for parents and the wider community will be held at 7pm tonight at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.
     
    The Department for Communities worked in collaboration with the Commissioner for Children and Young People to present the seminars.
     
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