Brit parents say raunchy TV shows are forcing kids to grow up too fast

April 11th, 2011 - 4:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 11 (ANI): Parents in Britain have expressed their worry that raunchy television shows and adult-like clothes are forcing their children to grow up too quickly.

A study for the Department of Education found that explicit advertising campaigns and “too adult” soap operas are also to blame.

Nearly nine in ten parents believe children feel under pressure to act older than they are. And almost half believe the 9pm watershed - in place to protect youngsters - no longer has any force.

In the poll, 41 percent of parents agreed they had seen TV shows or advertisements before the watershed that they considered wrong for their children to view.

And 40 percent said they had seen window displays or advertising boards that children should not be exposed to.

“Parents are telling us in no uncertain terms that they are worried about the pressures on children to grow up too quickly,” the Daily Mail quoted Reg Bailey, who is leading an independent review into the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, as saying.

“It is clear that their concerns have not been created out of a moral panic but from their everyday experience.

“They are struggling against the slow creep of an increasingly commercial and sexualised culture and behaviour, which they say prevents them from parenting the way they want,” he added. (ANI)

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