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Parliament supports Inquiry into the sexualisation of children

Jun 23, 2016

Duncan McFetridge MP
Shadow Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion
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Parliament supports Inquiry into the sexualisation of children


The South Australian Parliament yesterday supported a Liberal motion calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the sexualisation of children and young people.

Shadow Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Duncan McFetridge, who introduced the Private Member’s motion, said that the interests of families and protection of children was at the heart of calling for this Inquiry.

“I am looking forward to the Parliament’s findings and its report on the prevalence of sexualised material in all forms of media and marketing in South Australia so we can start working on solutions to address this problem which has affected all aspects of our society,” said Dr McFetridge.

“This issue is a growing concern for parents, families, educators, psychologists and mental health professionals.

“Sexual violence in the media and on the internet is having a social, developmental, cognitive and physical impact on our children and teenagers and I am pleased that these important issues will now be identified and addressed by the Parliament.”

The Inquiry will examine:

 

  • The sexualisation of children and young people in television, electronic, print and social media and marketing;
  • The exposure of children and young people in South Australia to sexualised images and content in public places, television, electronic, print and social media and marketing;
  • The impact of children and young people of growing up in a sexualised culture;
  • Adequacy of current measures at state and federal level to regulate sexualised imagery in television, electronic, print and social media and marketing, and the effectiveness of self-regulation measures;
  • Measures to assist parents in fulfilling their responsibility to protect and educate children;
  • Measures to educate children and young people and assist them in navigating the contemporary cultural environment; and
  • Possible measures that the State Government can take to assist children and young people to navigate the cultural environment successfully.

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