Article from The Daily Telegraph
Parents believe childhood ends at 12 and blame pressure from friends, celebrity culture and social media for rushing kids into adulthood.Read more
Health professionals speak out about the increasing sexualisation of children in this article from the Sydney Morning Herald. Includes mention of Collective Shout campaigns and comments from co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist.Read more
But the parenting guru and father of two kept hearing sad stories of friend’s daughters and coming into contact with parents in despair about how unhappy their girls were. They were plagued by eating disorders, self-harm, and depression.Read more
Collett Smart is both a registered psychologist and a qualified teacher, as well a PhD candidate at Macquarie University. She regularly provides comment on national television and radio, regarding issues on mental health and child advocacy. Collett has worked with families in various countries around the world, for almost 20 years.
As published on Online Opinion
Has Laissez-faire parenting become ‘the new black’? With the help of home grown pot, parent-supervised binge-drinking parties and new self-destructing ‘sexting’ apps, teens can get safely inebriated, safely high, or safely sexually harassed, all in the comfort of the parental nest. The rationale being that teens will do such-and-such anyway, so why say ‘no’ to anything they want to do.Read more
The Ad Standards Board has upheld complaints against Loveables 'Selfies with Besties' ad campaign.
The Facebook ad campaign encouraged participants, including girls aged over 13 years, to upload pictures of themselves 'with their besties' to win a prize. Images that accompanied the campaign included Jennifer Hawkins and other models in their underwear posing for 'selfies.' An accompanying outdoor advertising campaign featured similar imagery on bus shelters and billboards.
‘A safe haven from the commercialisation and sexualisation of girlhood, a place full of gifts that inspire and enable girls to reach for the stars. A venue that will motivate and support artists, independent producers and businesses to innovate and to explore new products that have the potential to change the world’
Melinda Tankard Reist interviews Inês Almeida. Originally published at Melinda's blog.
Melinda Tankard Reist in the Sunday Herald Sun Aug 19 2012
Also published at www.melindatankardreist.com
Last Friday, Ana Amini, a Port Macquarie mother and primary school teacher, posted a few lines on Target’s Facebook page lamenting the lack of age-appropriate, non-sexualised clothing for her daughter,8. She said they had lost her as a customer.
Six days later the comment had attracted more than 72,000 ‘likes,’ and drawn thousands of responses from others concerned about scaled-down versions of adult fashion for girls.