Did you hear that the Queensland government has decided, for the sake of our children’s well-being, to prevent junk food advertising from appearing around public schools, sports centres, community recreation venues and other government-owned and operated facilities including public transport hubs.
If the government can ban junk food advertising - they can definitely ban sexualised advertising!
Although the Queensland Government is moving on advertising standards in a recently announced 'Advertising Overhaul'. There are some clear improvements we can help draw attention to.
Advertising Overhaul - The Gaps...The Dangers:
Whilst this “radical overhaul” by our state government seeks to ban junk food advertising, it continues to overlook the years of inquiries, research and evidence that establishes the damage to our children’s health caused by sexually explicit ads. From Academics, to Practitioners and even The Australian Medical Association, there have been repeated calls on government to crack down on sexually explicit ads. More and more evidence is being presented that there is a connection between a sexualized environment and harms to children including body image dissatisfaction, eating disorders, unwanted sexual encounters, low self-esteem, and even poorer academic performance, depression and anxiety.
For our childrens' sake we must do better.
Let's join together and petition the Parliament so that we can prevent children from all the harms that flow from a hyper sexualised culture. No one wants their kids struggling with body image dissatisfaction, eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.
Parents can monitor what their children see in their own home, but are powerless to protect them from public advertising.
For more information on advertising standards please visit the Centre for Human Dignity's call for advertising standards reform page.