Open letter to the Labour Party about porn

Apr 2, 2015 by

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Labour MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, recently commented that he watches porn as he is a “man of the world”. Here are some questions Child’s Eye Line UK would like to put to the Labour Party.

The NSPCC has recently released figures that one in five children think viewing pornography is normal and 10% of 12 year olds are addicted to pornography. Do you think that recent comments by Simon Danczuk MP that he views porn and it is “part of modern life” go some way towards normalizing pornography and making it more likely for children to be exposed to it?

Given that The Children’s Commissioner’s report 2013 (“Basically, porn is everywhere”) concludes that “exposure to sexualised imagery is damaging to children’s psychological and sexual development, their relationships and their self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely” and that children are “more accepting of violence against women if they are exposed to sexualised imagery,” should the Labour Party not be more concerned about the normalization of porn in our society?

88% of the most popular pornography involves violence against women and girls (Bridges A.J. et al 2010). With 85,000 rapes and 450,000 sexual assaults reported in the UK every year (Home Office data), and 1 in 3 women experiencing sexual or domestic violence (the biggest demographic for domestic violence is teenage girls) is pornography something a public servant should shrug off as “part of modern life”?

Research presented to the Lords and Commons Group for the Protection of Children and Families by Professor Kevin Browne (professor of forensic psychology at the University of Nottingham) found that young people are more accepting of violence against women and girls if they are exposed to sexually objectified images of women. “The first step in accepting and perpetrating violence against women is to view women as dehumanized sex objects.” (Browne, 2014). Should the Labour Party just accept pornography as “part of modern life”?

The NSPCC reported a 65% increase in 2014 from boys calling ChildLine who are traumatised by the violent porn they have viewed online. Claire Lilley, policy advisor at the NSPCC, speaking about the rise in child on child sexual violence, said: “In some cases older children are attacking younger ones and in other cases it’s sexual violence within a teenage relationship. We know that easy access to sexual material is warping young people’s views of what is ‘normal’ or acceptable behaviour.” The NSPCC reports that 75% of teenage girls experience emotional violence in their relationships, 25% experience actual physical violence and 1 in 4 young people in the UK think that violence in a relationship is “sometimes appropriate” (it never is). In the light of this data, should the Labour party not take the issue of pornography more seriously?

Online pornography is well known for its strong links to misogyny, sexual objectification and often serves as an actual record of harm and exploitation. There is no way of knowing if the women and girls featured in porn are consenting, trafficked or are being drugged or abused. Is the Labour Party concerned about the real human beings in the pornography itself, as well as the consumers, or is it prepared to only quote the muliti-billion pound porn industry’s carefully chosen spokespeople? Should the Labour Party’s concerns about the porn industry and its links to global sexual exploitation, trafficking and prostitution be referenced whenever the Labour Party discusses the subject of pornography?

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Child’s Eye Line UK celebrates Ann Summers victory

Mar 1, 2015 by

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Child’s Eye Line UK is celebrating after shopping centres across the UK have agreed to remove sexualised Ann Summers window displays featuring bondage imagery. Shopping centres in Wimbledon, Sutton, Milton Keynes, Eastbourne, Taunton, Barnstaple and all Intu shopping centres in the UK removed the 50 Shades of Grey themed posters after campaigners complained they were not appropriate to be displayed in children’s eye line.

“We are delighted that so many shopping centres have agreed to make their centres more family-friendly,” said Child’s Eye Line UK founder Kathy McGuinness.  “Sexualised imagery should not be displayed on the high street. It’s great to see retailers acting responsibly and listening to parents’ concerns. We hope that other shopping centres and high streets will follow their lead to protect children from sexualised imagery in family-friendly places.”

The government issued guidelines in 2012 that sexualised imagery should not be displayed where children can see them following the Bailey Review called “Letting children be children.” These guidelines were reinforced by the Children’s Commissioner’s report 2013 which concluded that “exposure to sexualised imagery is damaging to children’s development, relationships and self esteem and and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.”

When Child’s Eye Line UK met with the Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, in July 2014 he confirmed that retailers that display sexualised images at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.” Child’s Eye Line UK is campaigning for legislation to regulate the display of sexualised images around children. “Child’s Eye Line UK’s concerns about displays with inappropriate or indecent images or text are fully understood and I believe the problem lies with the retailers,” said Norman Baker MP in a letter to Child’s Eye Line UK following the meeting at the Home Office.

“I am grateful to the work of Child’s Eye Line UK and I am particularly struck by the difficulties and resistance parents have been experiencing when seeking the cooperation of retailers who are often not observing current legislation.” Norman Baker MP wrote to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his role as Minister on Child’s Eye Line UK’s behalf and received a ‘positive reply.’ David Cameron referred Norman Baker MP to the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of children, ‘Letting Children Be Children’ (commissioned in 2012), which made a series of recommendations that shops should ‘ensure that sexualised images are not in easy sight of children.’ Norman Baker MP said that it is “vital that a robust approach to promoting the self-regulation is in place and that the Indecent Displays Act 1981 is able to provide for sufficient protection on matters raised by Child’s Eye Line UK.”

Child’s Eye Line UK recently received cross-party support at the Scottish Parliament. Jackie Baillie MSP Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy said that she was delighted with Child’s Eye Line UK’s success, commenting: “All shoppers including children have the right to shop in a family-friendly environment.”

About Child’s Eye Line UK:
Child’s Eye Line UK is a campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.
The campaign has cross-party support from MPs and leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically, Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

For more details about this story or Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:
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Child’s Eye Line UK Victory as Leading ISPs Block Porn by Default

Jan 29, 2015 by

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Child’s Eye Line UK is celebrating after Sky Broadband and TalkTalk announced they will be blocking porn by default unless an adult opts out.
The campaign has been lobbying the government to better protect children from harmful content online after research showed that nearly all 11 year olds in the UK had seen online porn.

Sky’s Broadband Shield is designed to filter out content deemed to be unsuitable for children aged under 13. It has been offered as default to new customers for a year. But now the firm has decided to also offer it to all its existing customers, some 5.3 million in total.

In her blog post, Lyssa McGowan, Sky’s brand director, explained why it was changing its policy. “What we’re doing now is simply making sure that the automatic position of Sky Broadband Shield is the safest one for all – that’s ‘on’, unless customers choose otherwise,” she said. TalkTalk have recently announced that they will be following suit by blocking porn by default.

Kathy McGuinness, founder of Child’s Eye Line UK, told BBC 5 Live: “We have campaigned hard on this issue for two years and we are so pleased that the leading ISPs, first Sky and now TalkTalk, are putting child welfare before profit. We welcomed the government’s comments last year that children’s exposure to porn is an urgent public health issue and we have supported Baroness Howe’s Bill in the Lords to make opt out porn filters mandatory. It’s great to see the ISPs taking the lead to protect children.

“This isn’t censorship, as some argue, as adults will be free to access pornographic and sexual content if they choose to. It simply means porn is a choice rather than a default ‘on’ that children are exposed to.”

89% of online porn commonly viewed by children involves violence against women and girls and nearly all 11 year olds are now estimated to have seen online porn (figures from Ofcom’s Children’s Media Literacy Tracker; a survey commissioned by the centre-left Institute for Public Policy Research think tank and EU Kids Online II).

The NSPCC says it saw a 65% increase in boys ringing its Child Line service last year because they have been traumatised by images they have seen online.  Other statistics from the NSPCC suggest children are influenced by porn that they have been exposed to: 75% of teenage girls experience emotional violence in their relationships while 25% of teenage girls experience physical violence. 1 in 4 children believe violence in a relationship is appropriate and 1 in 3 children have sent a sexual picture of themselves to a third party. The Lord Chief Justice recently cited online porn as a significant factor in cases of child on child rape, violence and sexual abuse.

Claire Lilley, policy advisor at the NSPCC, speaking about the rise in child on child sexual violence, commented:  “In some cases older children are attacking younger ones and in other cases it’s sexual violence within a teenage relationship. We know that easy access to sexual material is warping young people’s views of what is ‘normal’ or acceptable behaviour.”

About Child’s Eye Line UK:
Child’s Eye Line UK is a campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign has cross-party support from MPs and leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically, Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

For interviews and more details about Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChildEyes
Twitter: @ChildEyesUK

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Paperchase Catches Up: Child’s Eye Line UK Victory as Profane Card Display Moved

Jan 26, 2015 by

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These days merchandise within card shops is as varied and brightly coloured as sweets in a candy store, but that’s where the comparison ends. Not all cards are child friendly, and the Child’s Eye Line UK Campaign has been advocating for stores, such as Paperchase, to show greater consideration for children when designing displays.

Following a Daily Mail article on an offensive card display in Scribbler’s stores, campaign supporters got in touch with Child’s Eye Line UK regarding a Paperchase display of profane cards at child’s eye level. Child’s Eye Line UK then tweeted Paperchase regarding the display to notify them of the problem.

Supporters highlighted the derogatory and sexualised text on cards with child-like imagery and pictures of children, arguing that the cards contribute to the sexualisation of children, especially as they are displayed alongside children’s birthday cards and other children’s merchandising.

A study by Coyne, et al., 2011 (Pediatrics Vol. 128, No.5, pp.867-872) shows that exposing adolescents to media with profane content is associated with a more positive view of profanity and an increased relational and physical aggression. The Children’s Commissioner (2013) also found that exposing children to sexualised content makes early risky sexual behaviour more likely and makes children more accepting of violent behaviour. Therefore, exposure of children to inappropriate, foul-mouthed and sexualised card displays is certainly worthy of concern. Furthermore, the criticised Paperchase cards use nostalgic motifs (e.g. chocolate birthday cake and a teddy bear) which could imply to children that profanities and sexualisation are a part of childhood.

Paperchase quickly tweeted a reply to Child’s Eye Line UK that the objectionable cards “should indeed be merchandised higher up, so we’ll get them moved”. In taking action to protect vulnerable children from indecent displays, Paperchase has now caught up with other responsible retailers. Numerous major retailers, including WH Smith, Tesco, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer’s, have already agreed not to display sexualised tabloid and magazine covers in children’s eye line following campaigning by Child’s Eye Line UK. As Norman Baker MP, Crime Prevention Minister, explained, “the problem lies with the retailers, not the publishers”.

While retailers have the right to stock whatever they wish and this is essential, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, Jackie Baillie MSP, explained that retailer’s freedom “should not impact on those shoppers including children who equally have the right to shop in a family friendly environment.” Therefore, Child’s Eye Line UK continues to campaign to ensure protection for children from all inappropriate content (including profane, sexualised and other content) which is vital to children’s welfare and providing families with fair choices.

Notes to Editors:

About Child’s Eye Line UK:
Child’s Eye Line UK is a campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign has cross-party support from MPs and leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically, Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

For interviews and more details about Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:
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www.childseyeline.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChildEyes
Twitter: @ChildEyesUK

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WH Smith makes displays ‘family-friendly’ in victory for Child’s Eye Line UK campaign

Jan 12, 2015 by

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WH Smith has agreed to make its stores more family-friendly and display women’s weeklies that regularly feature sensationalised headlines about rape and child abuse out of sight of children following the Child’s Eye Line UK campaign.

The campaign recently persuaded Tesco, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer not to display sexualised tabloid front pages in children’s eye line.

Magazines like That’s Life, Chat and Pick Me Up had headlines like “Dad RAPED me at my 10th birthday party” on their Christmas editions which prompted many parents to say enough is enough.

WH Smith’s Stores Director told Child’s Eye Line UK:
“We empathise with how these headings could cause upset and want to reassure you we are addressing the issue. We have issued instructions to all stores to review the location of these titles and if it they are in a sensitive position to remove from sale and return. I have also passed on your feedback to the buying director for magazines and he in turn will be contacting the publishers about the suitability of this type of headline on the magazines and pointing out if they continue to do so, we will have to reconsider our position on whether we continue to stock them in our stores. We have also instructed our Central Operations team to action a periodical reminder to stores regarding the display of these titles. Once again, thank you for taking the time to feedback on this issue and I hope you can see from our actions, we have treated this most seriously. ”

Child’s Eye Line UK founder Kathy McGuinness said:
“We are delighted with WH Smith’s decision to become more family-friendly and display these magazines out of sight of children. We have been appealing to retailers to put children’s welfare before profit. Headlines featuring rape and child sexual assault are upsetting for children and triggering for victims of child sexual abuse. We are delighted that WH Smith is following the lead of other big retailers like Tesco, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer by displaying products with sexualised front pages responsibly.”

The move comes after Tesco, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer all agreed not to display sexualised tabloid front covers at child height in their stores from November last year following the Child’s Eye Line UK campaign.

The government’s Bailey Review called ‘letting children be children’ issued guidelines for retailers in 2012 that state that these magazines should not be displayed in children’s eye line. The Children’s Commissioner’s report in 2013 found that exposure to sexualised imagery is damaging to children’s self esteem and relationships and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.

Rape Crisis England and Wales commented: “We completely agree with the campaign. Magazines like That’s Life, Chat and Love it (which feature rape and child abuse headlines on their front covers) are triggering, offensive, trivialising and ignorant of the lifelong impacts for survivors of child sexual abuse.”

When Child’s Eye Line UK met with the Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, in July 2014 this year he confirmed that supermarkets who display magazines and newspapers with sexualized front covers at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.” Child’s Eye Line UK is campaigning for legislation to be better enforced to regulate the display of sexualised images around children.

“Child’s Eye Line UK’s concerns about publications with inappropriate or indecent images or text are fully understood and I believe the problem lies with the retailers, not the publishers,” said Norman Baker MP in a letter to Child’s Eye Line UK following the meeting at the Home Office. “I am grateful to the work of Child’s Eye Line UK and I am particularly struck by the difficulties and resistance parents have been experiencing when seeking the cooperation of supermarkets who are often not observing current legislation.”

Norman Baker MP wrote to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his role as Minister on Child’s Eye Line’s behalf and received a “positive reply.” David Cameron referred Norman Baker MP to the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of children, “Letting Children Be Children” (commissioned in 2012), which made a series of recommendations that shops and supermarkets should ‘ensure that magazines and newspapers with sexualised images on their covers are not in easy sight of children.

Norman Baker MP said that it is “vital that a robust approach to promoting the self-regulation is in place and that the Indecent Displays Act is able to provide for sufficient protection on matters raised by Child’s Eye Line UK.”

Child’s Eye Line UK has recently received cross-party support at the Scottish Parliament and will have amendments to the forthcoming Licensing Bill tabled by the Shadow Minister for Equalities, Jackie Baillie MSP. Jackie Baillie MSP commented:

“I am pleased that retailers have listened to concerns from all shoppers about displaying materials appropriately in their stores in line with the Indecent Displays Act, 1981. The press rightly has the freedom to publish what they wish, thankfully some responsible retailers understand that this freedom should not impact on those shoppers including children who equally have the right to shop in a family friendly environment.”

Notes to Editors:

About Child’s Eye Line UK:
Child’s Eye Line UK is a campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign has cross-party support from MPs and leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically, Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

For interviews and more details about Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:
info@childseyeline.org
www.childseyeline.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChildEyes
Twitter: @ChildEyesUK

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Tesco to make displays ‘family friendly’ in victory for Child’s Eye Line UK campaign

Nov 20, 2014 by

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November 20th 2014
Child’s Eye Line UK is delighted that Tesco has listened to the concerns of parents and campaigners and adapted its approach to newspaper displays.

Tesco has confirmed that after talking with campaigners and listening to customers the company has reviewed its newspaper displays in its large supermarkets to avoid front pages being displayed at child height. Instead of displaying newspaper front pages in a vertical panel on the side of display cubes Tesco will now only display the names of the newspapers along the sides of newly-designed display units, ensuring that any inappropriate front pages are out of the eye-line of young children.

This new concept will prevent small children from being exposed to unsuitable images when entering their stores while still offering choice for customers who wish to purchase their newspapers from Tesco. Tesco confirmed that all large stores will receive the new display units by the end of November 2014. Tesco has also confirmed it is currently working on improving its displays in its Express Stores and will keep Child’s Eye Line UK updated on progress.

Directors at Tesco thanked campaigners for bringing the matter to their attention. Child’s Eyes UK is grateful to Tesco for engaging openly on this issue and for responding positively to parents’ concerns. This is a significant step forward and a real victory for all Child’s Eye Line UK supporters who are concerned about the sexualisation of children in shops and public places in the UK.

Commenting on the change, Tesco’s Customer Experience and Insight Director, Tracey Clements, said: “As a parent myself, I recognise that newspaper front pages can sometimes have images that are inappropriate for young children. At Tesco, we take our responsibilities as a family friendly retailer very seriously and it’s important that we do everything we can to promote the right environment in store. We’ve listened to campaigners, and we’ve also asked our customers what they think about this issue. The change we’re making to our display panels in our Superstore and Extra formats will strike the right balance for everyone. For our millions of customers, choosing a newspaper will still be simple and easy, but at the same time, any inappropriate front pages will now be of out of the immediate eyesight of young children and toddlers. I’m really grateful to everyone who has campaigned on this issue for raising their concerns and for engaging with us.”’

Child’s Eye Line UK founder Kathy McGuinness said: “We completely support press freedom to publish whatever they like within the law but we also support children’s right not to be exposed to sexualised material when they are just shopping in a supermarket with their parents. It’s great to see Tesco taking its responsibility as the UK’s biggest retailer seriously.”

“We are delighted that Tesco has agreed to take these important steps to make their stores more family-friendly. We have campaigned hard on this issue for two years and it’s great to see Tesco now listening to parents’ concerns. We hope that other supermarkets will follow Tesco’s lead and act responsibly to protect children from sexist and degrading imagery in their stores.”

The government issued guidelines in 2012 that newspapers with sexualised front covers should not be displayed where children can see them following the Bailey Review which found that exposure to sexualised and sexist imagery is damaging to children’s self esteem and relationships and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.

When Child’s Eye Line UK met with the Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, in July this year he confirmed that supermarkets who display magazines and newspapers with sexualized front covers at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.” Child’s Eye Line UK is campaigning for legislation to regulate the display of sexualised images around children. “Child’s Eye Line UK’s concerns about publications with inappropriate or indecent images or text are fully understood and I believe the problem lies with the retailers, not the publishers,” said Norman Baker MP in a letter to Child’s Eye Line UK following the meeting at the Home Office.

“I am grateful to the work of Child’s Eye Line UK and I am particularly struck by the difficulties and resistance parents have been experiencing when seeking the cooperation of supermarkets who are often not observing current legislation.” Norman Baker MP wrote to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his role as Minister on Child’s Eye Line UK behalf and received a “positive reply.” David Cameron referred Norman Baker MP to the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of children, “Letting Children Be Children” (commissioned in 2012), which made a series of recommendations that shops and supermarkets should ‘ensure that magazines and newspapers with sexualised images on their covers are not in easy sight of children. Norman Baker MP said that it is “vital that a robust approach to promoting the self-regulation is in place and that the Indecent Displays Act is able to provide for sufficient protection on matters raised by Child’s Eye Line UK.”

Child’s Eye Line UK has recently received cross-party support at the Scottish Parliament and will have amendments to the forthcoming Licensing Bill tabled by the Shadow Minister for Equalities, Jackie Baillie MSP. Jackie Baillie MSP commented on Tesco’s announcement:

“I am pleased that Tesco has listened to concerns from all shoppers about displaying materials appropriately in their stores in line with the Indecent Displays Act, 1981. The press rightly has the freedom to publish what they wish, thankfully some responsible retailers understand that this freedom should not impact on those shoppers including children who equally have the right to shop in a family friendly environment.”

Notes to Editors:

About Child’s Eye Line UK:
Child’s Eyes UK is a national campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign has cross-party support from MPs and all the leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

For more details about this story or Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:
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www.childseyeline.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChildEyes
Twitter: @ChildEyesUK

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Child’s Eye Line UK secures cross-party support in Scotland and tables amendments to Licensing Bill

Nov 8, 2014 by

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The Child’s Eye Line UK campaign is celebrating this week after receiving cross-party support at the Scottish Parliament following meetings with ministers and MSPs. The Scottish Shadow Minister for Equalities, Jackie Baillie MSP, has also agreed to table amendments to the forthcoming Scottish Government Licensing Bill on Child’s Eye Line UK’s behalf which would strengthen the Indecent Displays Act to better protect children from sexualisation.

“This is a fantastic result for Child’s Eye Line UK,” said founder Kathy McGuinness who met with the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP and MSPs from opposition parties at the Scottish Parliament this week. “We are delighted to have the support of the Minister and other parties and hugely grateful for the Shadow Minister’s agreement to table our amendments. It is great to see Scotland leading the way on child protection and we are hopeful that any new legislation will be adopted across the UK soon.”

The meetings at Holyrood took place almost a year on from the 6 November 2013 Jackie Baillie MSP debate on sexualised images in the media and the concluding remarks of Shona Robison MSP (now Cabinet Secretary for Equalities) that, “Dealing with such issues requires a cultural shift. We must work towards that together, as the Scottish Government cannot change things on its own, despite all the work that we are doing. We need members on all sides of the Parliament to come together and join with the women and men in progressive Scotland who want to make those changes”.

In a meeting with Kathy last month, Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, confirmed that supermarkets who display magazines and newspapers with sexualized front covers at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.”

Minister Baker has written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on Child’s Eye Line UK’s behalf and received a “positive reply.” David Cameron referred Minister Baker to the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of children, “Letting Children Be Children” (commissioned in 2012), which made a series of recommendations that shops and supermarkets should ‘ensure that magazines and newspapers with sexualised images on their covers are not in easy sight of children’.

“The support of the Home Office was fantastic news,” says Kathy. “However, we feel that the law can be strengthened and go further to address the type of challenges the Scottish government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, outlined at the Holyrood conference on Domestic Violence when he spoke of a need for long-term cultural change to achieve the goals of Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy for the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. This is a hugely important step toward ensuring the long-term culture change towards the sexualisation of children that Shona Robison spoke of.”

Kathy concluded: “I’m hopeful Child’s Eye Line UK will be invited back to Scottish Parliament to give evidence on the Bill and that we can get a further slot in Ministers’ diaries to discuss this vital approach to protecting children.”

 

Notes to Editors:

About Child’s Eye Line UK:

Child’s Eye Line UK is a national campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign launched a petition in March 2013 which quickly achieved 25,000 signatures and has a busy website, Facebook and Twitter following, cross-party support and the support of all the leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

Child’s Eye Line UK recently had success with The Co-operative group agreeing not to stock lads’ mags and The Sport newspaper, which features pornographic imagery in its front page.

A recent UK government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

On the 6 November 2013 the Scottish Parliament debated the following motion: That the Parliament notes with concern reports regarding a connection between the portrayal of sexualised images of women in the media and attitudes that reinforce sexist attitudes, sexual harassment, abuse and violence toward women; believes that this has been demonstrated by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the UK Government-commissioned Sexualisation of young people review; welcomes the No More Page 3 campaign, which calls on The Sun to refrain from printing pictures of topless women; applauds the campaign for what it considers a successful first year in operation; recognises that a motion in support of the campaign was agreed by the National Assembly of Wales and that numerous organisations, including UNISON, the British Youth Council, UK Girlguiding, the National Union of Teachers, the National Association of Head Teachers, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have also shown their support for the campaign, and notes calls in Dumbarton and across the country for The Sun in Scotland to stop printing pictures of topless women.

http://nomorepage3.org/news/transcript-from-debate-in-scottish-parliament-on-6th-november-2013/

 

Child’s Eye Line UK has submitted evidence to the forthcoming Scottish Parliament scrutiny of the Air Weapons and Licensing Bill, a copy can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_LocalGovernmentandRegenerationCommittee/General%20Documents/29._ChildEyes_UK.pdf

 

Equally Safe sets out Scotland’s strategy to take action on all forms of violence against women and girls. While the overarching aim is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, it identifies key priority areas. While the strategy sets out some early commitments, it explains how a phased approach will help ensure that the longer-term change is sustained.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/7483

 

For more details about this story or Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:

Kathy McGuinness
Child’s Eye Line UK founder
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Scottish Parliament called on to strengthen law as Child’s Eye Line UK founder follows in footsteps of her Great Aunt Elsie Inglis

Nov 8, 2014 by

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A child protection campaigner is marking the centenary of her great aunt Elsie Inglis founding the Scottish Women’s Hospitals with meetings with Ministers at the Scottish Parliament this month.

Kathy McGuinness, founder of the campaign Child’s Eye Line UK to protect children from sexualisation, was inspired by her famous aunt’s campaigning for the rights of women and children. She is hoping for a better reception than Dr Elsie Inglis got from the War Office in London in 1914.

“Aunt Elsie was told by the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, “My good lady, go home and sit still” when she offered the services of her Scottish Women’s Hospitals for the war effort in WWI,” explains Kathy. “She didn’t, of course, but went on to save thousands of soldiers’ lives with her Scottish Women’s Hospitals in allied France, Russia and Serbia and is remembered as “shining in History” by Sir Winston Churchill.”

The Child’s Eye Line UK campaign is seeking further powers for Scotland through the forthcoming Scottish Government Licensing Bill and the Smith Commission that could be used to protect children from sexualisation in Scotland; Kathy is meeting the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP, and all the other political parties at Holyrood.

“It will be an emotional return to Scotland but I’m hoping it will be a significant one,” says Kathy who studied English Literature at Edinburgh University and whose family lived for generations in Edinburgh and Inverness, where her ancestors were Provosts. “I’m hopeful Scotland will again follow its proud tradition of leading the way with the law to protect children.”

In a meeting with Kathy last month, Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, confirmed that supermarkets who display magazines and newspapers with sexualized front covers at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.”

“We have actually had huge success at the Home Office, so I think Elsie would be pleased!” says Kathy.

The meetings at Holyrood are taking place almost a year on from the 6 November 2013 Jackie Baillie MSP debate on sexualised images in the media and the concluding remarks of Shona Robison MSP (now Cabinet Secretary for Equalities) that “Dealing with such issues requires a cultural shift. We must work towards that together, as the Scottish Government cannot change things on its own, despite all the work that we are doing. We need members on all sides of the Parliament to come together and join with the women and men in progressive Scotland who want to make those changes”.

Speaking ahead of the series of meetings this month Kathy McGuinness said: “I’m delighted that all the parties have agreed to meet with Child’s Eye Line UK. We are hoping to achieve full cross-party support across the Scottish Parliament to protect children via further dialogue and legislation. This is a hugely important step toward ensuring the long-term culture change towards the sexualisation of children that Shona Robison spoke of.”

“The support of the Home Office was fantastic news,” says Kathy. “However, we feel that the law can be strengthened and go further to address the type of challenges the Scottish government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, outlined this week at the Holyrood conference on Domestic Violence when he spoke of a need for long-term cultural change to achieve the goals of Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy for the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.“

Minister Baker has written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on Child Eyes’ behalf and received a “positive reply.” David Cameron referred Minister Baker to the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of children, “Letting Children Be Children” (commissioned in 2012), which made a series of recommendations that shops and supermarkets should ‘ensure that magazines and newspapers with sexualised images on their covers are not in easy sight of children’.

Child’s Eye Line UK has written to Scottish Ministers in regard to their submission of evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s scrutiny of the forthcoming Scottish Government Air Weapons and Licensing Bill and will be meeting Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People to discuss the proposals further.

Kathy concluded: “I’m hopeful Child’s Eye Line UK will be invited back to Scottish Parliament to give evidence on the Bill and perhaps we can get a further slot in Ministers diaries to discuss this vital approach to protecting children”.

Notes to Editors:

About Child’s Eye Line UK:

Child’s Eye Line UK is a national campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign launched a petition in March 2013 which quickly achieved 25,000 signatures and has a busy website, Facebook and Twitter following, cross-party support and the support of all the leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

Child’s Eye Line UK recently had success with The Co-operative group agreeing not to stock lads’ mags and The Sport newspaper, which features pornographic imagery in its front page.

A recent UK government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women.

On the 6 November 2013 the Scottish Parliament debated the following motion: That the Parliament notes with concern reports regarding a connection between the portrayal of sexualised images of women in the media and attitudes that reinforce sexist attitudes, sexual harassment, abuse and violence toward women; believes that this has been demonstrated by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the UK Government-commissioned Sexualisation of young people review; welcomes the No More Page 3 campaign, which calls on The Sun to refrain from printing pictures of topless women; applauds the campaign for what it considers a successful first year in operation; recognises that a motion in support of the campaign was agreed by the National Assembly of Wales and that numerous organisations, including UNISON, the British Youth Council, UK Girlguiding, the National Union of Teachers, the National Association of Head Teachers, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have also shown their support for the campaign, and notes calls in Dumbarton and across the country for The Sun in Scotland to stop printing pictures of topless women.

http://nomorepage3.org/news/transcript-from-debate-in-scottish-parliament-on-6th-november-2013/

Child’s Eye Line UK has submitted evidence to the forthcoming Scottish Parliament scrutiny of the Air Weapons and Licensing Bill, a copy can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_LocalGovernmentandRegenerationCommittee/General%20Documents/29._ChildEyes_UK.pdf

Equally Safe sets out Scotland’s strategy to take action on all forms of violence against women and girls. While the overarching aim is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, it identifies key priority areas. While the strategy sets out some early commitments, it explains how a phased approach will help ensure that the longer-term change is sustained.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/7483

 

For more details about this story or Child’s Eye Line UK, please contact:

Kathy McGuinness
Child’s Eye Line UK founder
info@childseyeline.org
www.childseyeline.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChildEyes
Twitter: @ChildEyesUK

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Mumsnet votes to #topshelfpornpapers

Oct 21, 2014 by

Mumsnet users have overwhelmingly voted for supermarkets to put The Sun, The Star and The Sport on the top shelf.

A survey of Mumsnet users has revealed that the majority of parents agree tabloids with sexual front pages and content should be placed out of children’s eye line.

In answer to the question ‘Do you agree or disagree that The Sun/The Star/The Sport should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops?’ Mumsnet members overwhelmingly agreed that all three titles need to be kept on the top shelves:

78% agree The Sun should be top-shelved
82% agree The Star should be top-shelved
86% agree Daily/Sunday Sport should be top-shelved

Over 1800 Mumsnet users took part in the survey, between 7-13 October. The data is not weighted.

The survey comes amidst increasing complaints from Child’s Eye Line UK supporters to retailers nationwide about the in-store display of the Sun, Star and Sport – supporters often tweeting under the hashtag ‪#‎topshelfpornpapers

There is increasing awareness that the current placement of these papers is illegal. In a recent meeting with Child’s Eye Line UK at the Home Office, Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, told Child’s Eye Line UK that supermarkets who display magazines and newspapers with sexualized front covers at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.”

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO, said:
‘Porn for enthusiastic, consenting adults is one thing; but, as our survey clearly shows, people are fed up with it in mass-circulation newspapers. Anyone who thinks this has no effect on women and girls is living in a dream world.’

Child’s Eye Line UK said:
‘We are delighted to have the support of Mumsnet. The responses to this survey confirm what we already knew – that sexualisation is a huge concern for parents in the UK and needs to be properly addressed by the supermarkets. We would like to see supermarkets put children’s welfare before profit and become safe, family-friendly places for children.’

About Child’s Eye Line UK:
Child’s Eye Line UK is a national campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.
The campaign launched a petition in March 2013 and has 25,000 signatures, a busy website, Facebook and Twitter following and cross-party support from MPs and all the leading teaching unions and children’s charities.
A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women

Here are the results of the survey in detail:

MN Position of Newspapers Survey Oct 14 1849 respondents 7-13 October 2014

1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

The Sun newspaper should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops

Strongly agree Tend to agree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know Response Count

928 509 310 50 52 1849

The Star newspaper should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops

1038 487 200 42 82 1849

The Daily/Sunday Sport newspaper should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops

1146 440 163 37 63 1849

1849 answered question 0 skipped question

1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

The Sun newspaper should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops

Strongly agree Tend to agree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know Net Agree Net Disagree

50% 28% 17% 3% 3% 78% 19%

The Star newspaper should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops

56% 26% 11% 2% 4% 82% 13%

The Daily/Sunday Sport newspaper should be placed on the top shelf, out of children’s eyelines in shops

62% 24% 9% 2% 3% 86% 11%

1849 answered question 0 skipped question

3. Are you female or male?

Female 96% 1784

Male 3% 47

Not stated 1% 18

1849 answered question 0 skipped question

4. How old are you?

Under 20 0% 8

20-30 17% 315

31-40 50% 922

41-50 24% 451

Over 50 7% 125

Rather not say/not stated 2% 28

1849 answered question 0 skipped question

5. Where do you live?

Answer Options

North East 4% 68

North West 9% 167

Yorkshire & The Humber 7% 133

East Midlands 5% 92

West Midlands 7% 128

East of England 8% 142

London 14% 263

South East 20% 376

South West 12% 224

Wales 3% 61

Scotland 8% 151

Northern Ireland 1% 22

Isle of Man 0% 2

Channel Islands 0% 2

Not stated 1% 18

1849 answered question 0 skipped question

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Supermarkets are breaking the law, Home Office Minister tells Child’s Eye Line UK

Oct 8, 2014 by

Monday 6th October, 2014
Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, today confirmed that supermarkets who display magazines and newspapers with sexualized front covers at child height are “not observing current legislation in relation to the Indecent Displays Act 1981.”

Child’s Eye Line UK is campaigning for legislation to make it illegal to display pornographic images around children.

“Child’s Eye Line UK’s concerns about publications with inappropriate or indecent images or text are fully understood and I believe the problem lies with the retailers, not the publishers,” said Minister Baker in a letter to Child Eyes founders following a meeting at the Home Office.

Not observing current legislation
“I am grateful to the work of Child’s Eye Line UK and I am particularly struck by the difficulties and resistance parents have been experiencing when seeking the cooperation of supermarkets who are often not observing current legislation.”

Minister Baker has written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on Child Eyes’ behalf and received a “positive reply.” David Cameron referred Minister Baker to the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of children, “Letting Children Be Children” (commissioned in 2012), which made a series of recommendations that shops and supermarkets should ‘ensure that magazines and newspapers with sexualised images on their covers are not in easy sight of children’.

Minister Baker said that it is “vital that a robust approach to promoting the self-regulation is in place and that the Indecent Displays Act is able to provide for sufficient protection on matters raised by Child’s Eye Line UK.”

Child’s Eye Line UK said:

“We are delighted with Norman Baker’s response to parents’ concerns about their children being exposed to sexualized and pornographic images every day in our shops and supermarkets. We have been campaigning hard for legislation to protect children but Minister Baker has confirmed that supermarkets are already breaking the law under existing legislation. We look forward to Minister Baker’s continued support in asking retailers to comply with the law as we campaign to make supermarkets and shops safe, family-friendly places.”

Notes to Editors:

About Child’s Eye Line UK:

Child’s Eye Line UK is a national campaign run by volunteer parents fed up of their children being confronted with sexualized and degrading images in their local shops and supermarkets.

The campaign launched a petition in March 2013 and has 25,000 signatures, a busy website, Facebook and Twitter following and cross-party support from MPs and all the leading teaching unions and children’s charities.

A recent government report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Basically Porn is Everywhere” 2013, found that exposure to sexualized images is “damaging to children, negatively affecting their sexual development, relationships and self esteem and makes risky sexual behaviour more likely.” The images and content found in publications like The Sun, The Star, The Sport and lads’ mags were also linked with attitudes that underpin violence against women

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High Street Retailer removes t-shirts from sale – with immediate effect !

Jul 18, 2013 by

Good afternoon fabulous supporters!

We have some wonderful news to report!!

We are delighted to have been informed by Ark, a high street clothing retailer, that they have decided to remove T-shirts displaying sexualised imagery from their shops with immediate effect. Not only that, they have also removed many more of these type of t-shirts from their website too! This was following several requests from us and some of our supporters to their head office, along with reference to the brilliant Guardian article yesterday which describes one of their T-shirts.

If you wish to see the type of garments we are referring to they can be seen in this PDF file.

Trigger warning- Please be advised that the t-shirts are of a nature that many find offensive.

The T-shirt that the Guardian article refers to is the one top-left.

Thank you all for your continuing support. Little by little together we are making a difference.

The Child Eyes Team.

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