The over-sexualisation of children is a widespread phenomenon
in the media, marketing campaigns, television programmes and consumer
products. Through their perception by society and self-perception,
it can have dramatic consequences on children’s self-esteem, well-being,
relationships and equal opportunities, and in the worst cases, be
detrimental to their physical and mental health.
The Parliamentary Assembly should express its concern about
the increasing trend of over-sexualisation of children and invite
member States to strengthen their relevant legislation and policies,
starting with in-depth studies and data collection on the issue.
Activities by the media and advertising sector should be restricted
by law and supervised by specialised bodies, while the development
of ethical products should be encouraged. Targeted programmes should
be developed to educate children at home and at school. Professionals
in charge of child care and education should be specifically trained,
and children themselves should be empowered to develop critical
attitudes towards media content and become resilient to peer pressure,
notably as concerns the sharing of sexualised images.