Thumbs up for a family-friendly local newsagents

June 19, 2013 10:00 AM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake and a local activist-mum Kathy McGuinness, praised the first local newsagent to promise not to display sexually explicit newspapers in view of children.

J&G Newsagents in Beddington Gardens, Wallington, has become the first newsagent to sign up to the Family Friendly Shops pledge launched by the Carshalton Mums and Tom Brake MP. The campaign aims to encourage local shop owners to get soft pornography and violent images out of public spaces where children can see them.

Kathy McGuinness, Founder of Carshalton Mums said:

"We are delighted to be launching the Family Friendly Shops scheme with our MP Tom Brake. Making our local shops safe for children is an important step towards making our community more family friendly and we are really pleased to be working with local retailers and businesses to achieve this."

Tom Brake said:

"As an MP I have met many local parents who expressed their concern at the amount of soft pornography that has crept into our newsagents. Many of them say how helpless they feel, unable to protect their children from the ever-present sexually explicit images."

"This is why I have teamed up with Kathy McGuinness and launched a campaign to stop inappropriate contents being displayed in children's view. I hope that every local newsagent signs up to the pledge and help to protect our children from offensive material."

A survey conducted by Child Eyes and Local Mums Online, found that 95 per cent of local parents felt that shopkeepers should cover up sexually explicit contents or store it away from children's sight.

To find out more, please go to Tom and Kathy presenting Family Friendly Pledge poster to Mr Krumal Patel at J&G Newsagents in Wallington.

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