Melinda Tankard Reist forum on our 'Too Much Too Young' culture

20 July 2015

In an exclusive forum, Melinda Tankard Reist will explore how harmful media messages are leading to the early sexualisation of children and how parents and educators can address the “toxic culture” to raise happy, healthy and resilient kids.

In a forum not to be missed for those working or raising young people and children, Melinda will discuss how children often seem to be growing up too fast with increasingly commodified childhoods amid concerns about their weight and appearance.

Drawing from current global research on the subject, Melinda will talk about how harmful messages lead to distorted views among young people that hamper their healthy, physical, emotional and social development. She will provide practical tips on how these messages can be countered.

Adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr Gregg endorses Melinda’s work, stating that “with immaculate research she puts a much needed spot light on the erosion of childhood, the pornification of our environment and the commodification of young people”.

Parent Heather Douglas said that at the end of one of Melinda’s talks she “had quantifiable evidence and authentic strategies to help educate my children against the normalisation of women and girls as sexual objects in the media”.

This forum is on 17 August, 2015, 7.30-9.00pm at the Mosman Art Gallery. Bookings are required, tickets $25. Spaces filling quickly, so book now at events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/mtr.

Melinda Tankard Reist is author/editor of four books, a newspaper columnist and regular guest on TV and radio programs and the co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement Collective Shout. She has been named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women and is an ambassador with World Vision Australia, Compassion and The Raise Foundation.