Just the recommendations are here (brief).
I can’t think of anything in particular to add to Senator Bartlett’s summary, and totally agree that the best recommendation of the report is the one advocating “more comprehensive education programs on sexual health and relationships”.
Implementation of such comprehensive education would do more than just help address the way in which children are sexualised, it would also help people generally be more rational in weighing up their options in pursuing sexual liasons and relationships, which should also improve matters such as STDs, unplanned pregnancies, and maybe even the separations and divorces that are due to the disappointment of unrealistic expectations.
His major points that aren’t being discussed enough in the overall debate:
- The problem of the sexualisation of children is real and dangerous, but it wasn’t created by advertising/media, it’s a societal trend. Simply banning certain displays of children in advertising will not address the problem, it will merely make it less visible.
- There are dangers to children in being overly restrictive as well as overly permissive.
- Any “solution” for the problem of sexualised displays of children in the media that led to “prurience and secretiveness” about sexual matters would be a hugely retrograde step.