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Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Flinders P&F invites parents to a presentation by Melinda Tankard Reist ‘Too Much Too Young: The sexualisation of children and what we can do about it’.

This enlightening 75-minute presentation on the erosion of childhood by Melinda Tankard Reist, an acclaimed Australian author, speaker, senior lecturer and advocate for young people is hosted by our College  as part of our Flinders Speaker Series to develop strong partnerships between school, home and community as we learn healthy and positive ways to guide and support our young people to navigate life and reach their
potential.

Flinders Speakers Series
Who: Flinders parents and parents in the wider community
When: 6pm (for 6.15pm start) to 7:30pm Tuesday, 17 July
Where: Performance Centre, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Stringybark Road, Buderim
Cost: Free
RSVP: Bookings are essential to secure your seat. Book online by Friday, 13 July at www.trybooking.com/WJEJ

About this presentation:
‘Too Much, Too Young’ by Melinda Tankard Reist
“Have you noticed that your children seem to be growing up too fast? That they are worried about their appearance and more aware of sexual issues at earlier stages? Children and young people are bombarded with hypersexualised messages from media and popular culture. Even small children are worried about their looks and physical appearance, shaped and conditioned at the earliest of ages by a dominant message that tells them they have to be ‘hot’ to be liked and accepted. The lives of young people are increasingly socialised, conditioned and informed by porn-related content online. They are exposed to this content not only before they have had sex, but often before their first kiss, with 11 years being the average age of first exposure. In this pornified landscape, young people are ‘acting out’ through social media and sexting, putting their bodies on display for attention and judgement. Drawing from current global literature on the subject, Melinda will explore with parents and friends
how the proliferation of sexualised images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality, hampering their children’s healthy physical, emotional and social development. How can we address this toxic culture and raise happy, healthy and resilient kids?”

Testimonials:
“Melinda Tankard Reist has a simple message which is powerfully delivered. With her prodigious intellect, sand blasted sense of humour and immaculate research she puts a much-needed spotlight on the erosion of childhood, the pornification of our environment and the commodification of young people… Intelligent, passionate, brilliant, fearless… I could not recommend her more highly” – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Adolescent Psychologist

“Melinda is probably the world’s best presenter on the damage advertisers and pornography do to our children and teens – often when we don’t even know. Her highly visual presentations will knock your socks off. You will be left angry in the very best way and be so much better equipped to talk to, and protect, your kids.” – Steve Biddulph AM, Author Raising Girls and Raising Boys

“I hesitantly went to Melinda’s talk about children being sexualised in the media thinking it was going to be a sensationalist attempt to make me feel bad as a parent. During her introduction, I realised it was the best 50 steps I took from the car to the auditorium and, 90 minutes later, I had quantifiable evidence and authentic strategies to help educate my children against the normalisation of women and girls as sexual objects in the media.” – Heather Douglas, parent