David Cameron, Make it illegal to display porn around children.
  • Petitioning David Cameron MP

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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
David Cameron MP

David Cameron, Make it illegal to display porn around children.

    1. Kirsty Hopley
    2. Petition by

      Kirsty Hopley

      Carlisle, United Kingdom

I am a mother who, like many parents, tries to protect my children. Since my son was born thirteen years ago, I have seen an abundance of sexual images creep gradually into our world and I cannot control it. Now I have a baby girl and I am determined that she should not have to see sex sells media in every shop.

Children should be protected from sexual images.

How is it legal to display women bending over with barely a covered groin and naked breasts in public places where children can see?

It would be a sexual offence if a parent or other person deliberately showed a child indecent pictures. Yet every day children see sexual covers on adult and lad mag’s.

How is it legal to look at pornography in the form of page three and images in the Daily Sport in front of children? These images are available in community centres, children’s ball pools, trains, buses and breast feeding friendly cafes. 

I do not want my children to see these images and to think that this is what women are and do. I do not want to have to explain to my baby daughter why there are women pulling their pants down on the front of the newspaper when I go to get milk. I do not want my children to grow up in a culture where it is o.k. to have countless images of semi-clothed women next to clothed men.

I have asked over 250 other parents and 94% dislike adult/lad mag’s, The Sun, the Star and the Sport where children can see. The Bailey review relies on the good will of retailers to move explicit material however 42 parents have told me that when they challenged retailers displaying porn they were either ignored or laughed at and two were even threatened. There is no good will on this issue. Porn and sexualised imagery should be away from children. They can still see top shelf!

The Government states; 

“we need to make our society more family-friendly, and to take action to protect children from excessive commercialisation and premature sexualisation… We will crack down on irresponsible advertising and marketing, especially to children. We will also take steps to tackle the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.” HM Government 2010 quote taken from Bailey review.

In the Bailey review the Government made it clear that if satisfactory progress cannot be made on a voluntary basis, it will consider further legislation.

Satisfactory progress has not been made, sex is in every shop.

Now is the time to change.

Please see the campaign at facebook.com/childeyes Twitter @ChildEyesUK and the website www.childeyes.org

To:
David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
Make it illegal to display porn around children

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. Who's listening?!

      Kirsty Hopley
      Petition Organizer

      Hello wonderful supporters!

      We wanted to update you on some hugely exciting news and let you know how together we can continue to make a difference to protect children.

      Child Eyes is going from strength to strength and our voices are being heard in the highest places!

      We now need to make sure they are heard everywhere.

      CHILD EYES AT THE HOME OFFICE: THEY'RE LISTENING -

      Earlier this month Child Eyes met with the Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, at The Home Office. We have also secured a further meeting with the new Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP.

      We were delighted to find that Minister Baker agrees with us entirely and believes there is a real problem with the proliferation of sexualized and sexist imagery being displayed around children. Like us Norman Baker is extremely concerned about the findings of government research showing the link between the normalisation of soft porn and attitudes that underpin violence against women and girls. The Home Office is treating this as an urgent public health issue and is keen to effect legal change to protect children from sexualisation as soon as possible.

      Minister Baker commented: "I am very sympathetic to the Child Eyes campaign and agree the Law needs to address this problem."

      We will keep you updated on any progress with legislation and on our forthcoming meeting with the Secretary of State for Education.

      Our voices are being heard at the highest level and with your help we are making changes!

      MORRISONS: WILL THEY LISTEN??!! -

      We are now into the second week of our #topshelfpornpapers campaign with our fellow campaigners No More Page 3 to get The Sun, The Star and The Sport placed on top shelves in supermarkets so that children will not be exposed to porn.

      There have been signs that the supermarkets are listening with Tesco promising a review of its #pornpaper displays. We are waiting for an announcement from Tesco on the outcome of this review and will let you know as soon as we hear the result. Already supporters are reporting more responsible and #familyfriendly displays in stores they visit, which is fantastic.

      We were delighted that Morrisons agreed to move #rapemags (women's weeklies that routinely feature rape and child abuse on their front covers) away from children's comics, sweets and till points but are very disappointed with Morrisons' response to complaints about #pornpapers.

      Morrisons told us:

      “Following an internal review of our newspaper and magazine display, and in response to customer feedback, we have taken a number of actions. This includes moving women’s real life titles away from children’s magazines and to the top tier of our fixtures, and the removal of Chat magazine from the checkout area. We are not aware of widespread concern over the position of The Sun and The Star, but will continue to listen carefully to our customers on this issue.”

      We were a bit baffled about Morrisons' response given that there had been earlier signs that they were considering our complaints about the display of #pornpapers.

      Their stance made more sense in light of the fact that the front page of yesterday's Sun 'news'paper featured an ad for Morrisons!

      Clearly Morrisons' 'pride' in being a 'family friendly' store is rather misplaced!

      We were very disappointed to see Morrisons' advert on the front page of the Sun next to a feature about a woman's breasts and also to hear of Morrisons' supposed lack of awareness about concerns regarding children being exposed to soft porn in their stores.

      We *know* there is widespread concern about #pornpapers at child height and we need to make Morrisons recognise that this concern exists.

      WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

      What you can do to let Morrisons know that the 'widespread concern' they deny exists:

      1. Email them to tell them why you think #pornpapers should be on the top shelf:

      customerservice@morrisonsplc.co.uk

      Copy us into any complaints and responses received at nomoresupermarketporn@gmail.com

      Morrisons have told us they will keep track of complaints received and we will also keep evidence of this in order to prove to them that widespread concern exists.

      2. Share your concerns with Morrisons via their Facebook page:

      https://www.facebook.com/Morrisons

      3. Tweet @morrisons to tell them you want them to put pornpapers on the top shelf. Make sure you include @childeyesuk and @nomorepage3 in your tweets as well as #topshelfpornpapers.

      4. Share this campaign with everyone you know and don’t give up!!

      Thank you so much for your amazing support! With your help we are holding big retailers to account for sexualising children and putting profit before children's welfare.

      Please keep up with our campaign on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChildEyes and Twitter @ChildEyesUK: https://twitter.com/ChildEyesUK

      Kirsty, Kathy, Jenni, Claire and Shelley

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures

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    • Clare Gibson LONG WITTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      There is no need for porn to be displayed anywhere, let alone around children

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    • Fiona Baxter DIDCOT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      As a mother of two girls, I want them to grow up with healthy body images and to develop healthy relationships. Images of scantily clad women and women in submissive positions undermine their position in society and are unacceptable.

      As an adult, I find them personally offensive too.

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    • Charlotte Slade DIDCOT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      i am sick of seeing revolting magazines displaying inappropriate covers showing naked people and with headlines that I do not wish to expose my five year old daughter to.

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    • Helen Marson-Smith DIDCOT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      I have a three year old daughter and I want her to know that she is valued.

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    • jane hughes DIDCOT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      To stop boys and girls from seeing sexist images

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