You cannot stop their curiosity

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I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of raunchy red-haired Rihanna and the bawdy bump ’n’ grind burlesque from Christina Aguilera on last December’s X Factor final.

But then I’m an old gal and not a very impressionable seven to nine-year-old girl.

The government has now called for a hard-hitting crackdown on sexual imagery on TV before the 9pm watershed by October.

Also, High Street stores should stop selling ‘sexualised’ children’s clothing with slogans on like ‘Future Porn Star’ and underwear with ‘Dive In’ on.

The Mothers’ Union is deeply concerned that the above is making children grow up too quickly.

Although I agree in principal with all these controls, kids are curious. You’re never going to stop children, especially young girls, from wanting to dress up and look like their favourite pop star.

Look around at all the young mums - many are pierced, tattooed and wear short skirts, bling and six-inch heels. All their daughters want to be is a ‘mini mummy’. Just like we did back in the 1950s.

As for sex, well yes, kids are constantly bombarded with sexy images and clothing. So do you honestly believe, even with the 9pm watershed and computers blocked, that kids aren’t going to find the one mate whose parents are not that strict and go and watch their TV/computer?

My parents were very strict, and we didn’t have computers and pop videos back then.

But there was always some kid who brought in their parents’ adult magazines, ciggies and dirty jokes.

Our skirts had to be knee-length, so as we left school we rolled them up at the waist to- bum length.

Hidden in our satchels was lipstick. And I went to a posh private school.

I agree we should have tighter government controls to try to halt the sexualisation of young girls.

But, at the end of the day, it’s the parents’ responsibilty, and some modern parents are just not that responsible.