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Parents' fears over child ads

Nine in 10 parents are concerned about the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, and think there are problems with the way some companies advertise to children, according to a poll for the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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CIM: 'The marketing profession needs to address' child advertising concerns

The survey comes a year after the report by Mothers' Union chief executive Reg Bailey, entitled Letting Children Be Children, which called on businesses and broadcasters to play their part in protecting young people from the "increasingly sexualised wallpaper surrounding them".

The CIM is calling on the Government to work directly with the marketing industry to "deal with these pressing issues once and for all".

David Thorp, director of CIM research, said:

"It's clear that parents still have very real concerns about the way some companies try to sell to children. The marketing profession needs to address these concerns but we also want a dialogue between parents, the Government and industry bodies to ensure that our solutions are lasting and effective.

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