Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.
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I went to get my hair cut last week. It is a quite a stylish salon in a suburban area that caters for a whole range of folk. There are lots of elderly ladies as well as children getting their hair cut. As I sat there last week, getting my hair washed, I was directly opposite a flat screen tv on the wall playing MTV. One of the videos which came on was so sexually explicit it was nothing less than soft porn. An eight year old girl was seated only feet away. My hairdresser told me I wasn't the first one to complain but the guys who run the studio don't think it is an issue. "They wouldn't care if their own kids watched that", she said. So I'm pleased that with the publication of the Home Office Task Force report this week the sexualisation of children is now on the political agenda and there's a call for music videos, like the one I saw at 3 o'clock in a family hairdressers, to be banned before the 9 o'clock watershed.
If the Government is genuinely interested in young people's well-being these are the types of issues which they need to start paying more attention to.