How The Sun grooms children

the sun exploits children

I saw this on Facebook recently via the charity Child’s Eye and No More Page Three. For me it epitomises everything that has gone wrong with this newspaper. How on earth can we have a model showing her bum, a ‘sex killer’ and Frozen freebies all on one page? I know the world is a mixed up juxtaposition of influences, but this cover of The Sun is just irresponsible journalism and editing.

Firstly, as Child’s Eye, the charity preventing children from sexualisation, point out, we need to be talking about child abuse, not sex. We need to be using language that isn’t sensational to discuss child abuse. This article next to an image of a woman’s bum presents a very different view of sex, it shouldn’t be placed next to this article.

Throw Frozen into the mix and you’re actively encouraging children to pick this pornography up, whilst actively training boys and girls to accept that girls are sex objects.

This newspaper is on sale where kids can see it, it gets left in public places, in homes, and kids can see that? It’s all wrong.

It sends out completely warped messages about our society.

People are buying into this paper on the basis of the freebie culture, holiday discounts, Frozen sticker albums, which further legitimises its shabby view of women. I understand freebies are great and holidays are expensive, it puts a lot of readers in a difficult place, but really, the Sun need to sort this out. We need to make them.

How to make a difference

Support No More Page Three

Child’s Eye suggest the following simple actions:

Write to or email your mp

Ask your local shop to ensure it is on the top shelf. Contact retailers, it takes seconds on the internet:







McColls, the Frozen sticker book is redeemable here.

Co-op (they do in many stores now but worth checking)

Its porn, The Sun grooms children and its not okay to put this where children can see, and I don’t want to see it either.

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  • Reply Mary Keynko

    I made a very loud complaint in my local petrol station about this a couple of months ago! Child eye shelf in the doorway full of nuts, loaded and similar, and to the local primary school, its the corner shop you stop at on the way home for sweeties! It’s sick – proud to say never had one of these in my house! I’d rather not go on holiday than lower myself to buy this crap!

    14/07/2014 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Actually Mummy...

    There shouldn’t be images like this in any mainstream paper, full stop, let alone on the front page. I’m actually getting sick enough of the Sun’s marketing tactics to want to do something about it now. Thank you for raising the issue.

    14/07/2014 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Sonya Cisco

    It is a hideous newspaper, alongside others who are just as bad. I wont buy them, and I dont want my kids to see front covers like the one in this article. Great post. x

    14/07/2014 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply susanna

    Thanks for this Penny. I’ve just shared everywhere I can.

    14/07/2014 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply emma cavill

    Disgusting. I am lost for words 🙁

    14/07/2014 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Mari

    Such a mixed up world we live in and you’re absolutely right to shout out this message

    14/07/2014 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply gretta @ mumsdotravel

    I completely agree with you, thank for writing this Penny, I’m going to share it as much as possible.

    14/07/2014 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Emma

    such an important post Penny and the mixed messages are more than just frustrating.

    14/07/2014 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Dominique Simpson

    This has been a real eye opener for me as I never really look at papers these days but the contradictions on that front page is absolutely crazy. I am so glad I have read this post.

    14/07/2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Helen at Casa Costello

    Completely agree. Cannot stand this paper. Retailers also need to be more responsible – The Sun is thankfully very rarely seen in Merseyside x

    14/07/2014 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Kate on Thin Ice

    Well said. All points very well made and love that there are calls to action too so that everyone can make a difference.
    On a day where I am feeling blue, you reminded me of the girl I used to be who campaigned to get the Sun removed from WHSmith in Cambridge and won if only for a couple of days. Wonder where she went.
    Hope everyone gets behind this campaign

    15/07/2014 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Munchies and Munchkins

    Great post. It’s disgusting how they have been allowed to continue in this manner for so long. Obviously a child’s eye will be drawn immediately to the Frozen logo followed by everything else on the page. Wrong on so many levels.

    15/07/2014 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Cass@frugalfamily

    I couldn’t agree more Penny!

    I’m sharing this now as its not something I’ve given much thought to in the past but now that you’ve written about it, I want to do something!

    15/07/2014 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer

    I hadn’t thought about this before and I’m paying a lot more attention since you’ve pointed it out. Brilliant points. X

    18/07/2014 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Ste Carr

    Where will the censorship stop? There are models wearing next to nothing on front covers of magazines aimed at women. Should we ban them? A lot of music videos are accessible by young children and they can be quite sexual in their nature and lyrics, as can a lot of reality tv shows. I am not a fan of The Sun or Lads Mags but think we should stop being over protective of our kids and approach things in a careful and reasoned manner.

    23/07/2014 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply parentshaped

    I saw Caitlin Moran last Monday, she was joking about a time when there weren’t women wearing next to nothing twerking and gyrating in pop videos. It really struck a chord. It’s gone too far, I think we do need to stop the over sexualisation of everyday popular culture. Its ridiculous juxtapositions like this that take this a stage further. Research suggests the over sexualisation in popular culture is having a negative impact on children.

    23/07/2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Andy Martin

    Over reaction from the Tin foil hat brigade

    Perhaps you believed the stork delivered your children

    27/07/2014 at 4:40 pm
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