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Poll: Who is to blame for the over-sexualisation of children?

There are calls for the government to conduct research into the commercialisation and sexualisation of children, after a report in the UK called on broadcasters and retailers to be more responsible, but also said parents are ‘complicit’. We’re asking: where does the blame lie?…

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THERE ARE CALLS today for the Irish government to undertake a study into the sexualisation and commercialisation of children.

The recommendation comes on foot of a report recently published in the UK which proposed guidelines for retailers, broadcaster and advertisers and proposed age restrictions for music videos, ensuring retailers offer age-appropriate clothing and making it easier for parents to block online material.

The author of the Bailey Report said that parents are often complicit in what their children wore, watched and did, and that blame cannot rest solely with retailers, broadcasters and the government.

So, who should take responsibility for the sexualisation and commercialisation of children? Who or what is to blame?

Poll Results:

A mix of the above (705)
Parents - ultimately it is up to them to control what their children wear and watch (458)
Film, television, magazines and other media for sexually-charged images (152)
The retail industry for promoting age-inappropriate products (52)

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Emer McLysaght

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