Internationally-renowned writer, speaker and advocate, Melinda Tankard Reist, will be in Toowoomba next week to talk to parents about helping children resist harmful messages from the media and pop culture and aspire to respectful relationships.
Speaking at The Glennie School on Monday, 19 October, Toowoomba parents are invited to attend Melinda’s informative session.
Ms Tankard Reist will explain how children and young people are bombarded with hypersexualised messages from the media and popular culture and how even small children are worried about their looks and physical appearance.
She will look at how the lives of young people are increasingly socialised, conditioned and informed by exposure to porn-related content online, with the average age of first exposure at 11.
‘Exposed to a pornified landscape, young people are ‘acting out’ through social media and sexting, putting their bodies on display for attention and judgement,’ Ms Tankard Reist said.
The Glennie School Principal, Ms Mary Anne Evans, said that Ms Tankard Reist would explore how the proliferation of sexualised images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in young people, hampering their healthy physical emotional and social development.
‘Melinda will guide us through why it is important that we all work together to address this toxic culture and raise happy, healthy and resilient young people who value their dignity and self-worth and aspire to relationships based on respect and authentic connection,’ Ms Evans said.
Toowoomba parents are invited to attend this informative evening at The Glennie School on Monday, 19 October, 7:15pm arrival for a 7:30pm to 8:30pm session.
Registration is essential, numbers are strictly limited and COVID-safe procedures will be in place. Click here to register for the event.
Mrs Tammy Wilson
Marketing and Community Engagement Manager