Letting Children be Children: Stopping the sexualisation of children in Australia

by Emma Rush and Andrea La Nauze

This paper explains why the current patchwork of media and advertising regulation is failing to prevent the premature sexualisation of Australian children. A number of improvements are proposed based on a review of current regulatory arrangements for the areas most responsible for the sexualisation of children: girls’ magazines, television and outdoor advertising, and television programs. This paper is a companion to DP 90 Corporate Paedophilia: The sexualisation of children in Australia.

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