The Representation of Children in the Media: Aspects of Agency and Literacy

  • Máire Messenger Davies
  • Nick Mosdell


In the spring of 2001, the issue of children’s representation in the media and the role of adults in both promoting and safeguarding such representation made headlines in the British press. Tierney Gearon’s photographs of her naked children, on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, resulted in a police raid on the Gallery. A number of published comments on this case raised concerns about censorship and artistic freedom, but the less high-profile topic of children’s consent was also raised in letters to a UK national daily newspaper, The Guardian: ‘Children are beautiful but their beauty should be guarded until they are legally old enough to give consent to being so used’, wrote one female correspondent (The Guardian, 12 March 2001).


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