Parent Forum: Melinda Tankard Reist

At our final parent forum for the year, Melinda Tankard Reist will draw from current global literature to explore how the proliferation of sexualized images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in young people, hampering their healthy physical emotional and social development. So, how can we address this toxic culture and raise happy, healthy and resilient kids?

Tuesday 10 October
6.00pm for 6.15pm start
College Hall

Free event. Please register your attendance here by Sunday 8 October

Have you noticed that your children seem to be growing up too fast? That they are worried about their appearance and more aware of sexual issues at earlier stages? Children and young people are bombarded with hypersexualised messages from media and popular culture. Even small children are worried about their looks and physical appearance, shaped and conditioned at the earliest of ages by a dominant message that tells them they have to be ‘hot’ to be liked and accepted.

The lives of young people are increasingly socialised, conditioned and informed by exposure to porn related content online. Exposed to a pornified landscape, young people are ‘acting out’ through social media and sexting, putting their bodies on display for attention and judgement.

This forum will be informative for parents and carers of teenagers and young children alike. We urge all parents and friends to come along. There is no charge to attend this event, but seating is limited and registration is essential.


“Melinda Tankard Reist has a simple message which is powerfully delivered. With her prodigious intellect, sand blasted sense of humour and 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” Adolescent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr Gregg.