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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 http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

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

Sainsburys http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/sol/contact_us/contact_us.jsp






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.



  1. 14/07/2014 / 9:40 am

    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!

  2. Actually Mummy...
    14/07/2014 / 11:03 am

    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.

  3. 14/07/2014 / 12:54 pm

    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

  4. susanna
    14/07/2014 / 2:39 pm

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

  5. 14/07/2014 / 5:58 pm

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

  6. gretta @ mumsdotravel
    14/07/2014 / 7:23 pm

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

  7. 14/07/2014 / 8:03 pm

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

  8. 14/07/2014 / 10:42 pm

    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.

  9. 14/07/2014 / 11:35 pm

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

  10. 15/07/2014 / 1:13 pm

    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

  11. 15/07/2014 / 3:20 pm

    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.

  12. 15/07/2014 / 4:38 pm

    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!

  13. Ste Carr
    23/07/2014 / 2:03 pm

    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.

  14. parentshaped
    23/07/2014 / 2:18 pm

    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.

  15. Andy Martin
    27/07/2014 / 4:40 pm

    Over reaction from the Tin foil hat brigade

    Perhaps you believed the stork delivered your children

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