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Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:57   #1
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Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

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Many parents would like to see a ban on the advertising of unhealthy foods and sugary snacks before the 2100 watershed, a survey suggests.


The poll of more than 1,000 parents found more than half thought adverts for junk food made it harder for them to give their children healthy diets.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17271780
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Re: Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

We can't expect parents to have to say no to their children can we?
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:04   #3
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Re: Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

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The only problem with that idea is that the 9pm watershed only happens on free to air tv ,ppv is 8pm
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We can't expect parents to have to say no to their children can we?
Probably what is going to be the most realistic post in this thread
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Re: Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

Why the hell should parents have to deal with deliberate targeting of their children?There are all sorts of rules around advertising and I can't see how it can hurt to cut out ads deliberately aimed at children during children's programming.They have plenty of other places and times to advertise.Some make it sound as if parents deserve to be pestered.

Better still I reckon parents should allow their sprogs only watch the BBC children's channels/shows.It's what I did.Then maybe if enough parents do that the rest of the commercial TV industry may decide unilaterally to cut out targeted ads for children.Though in my experience no one in business does anything that altruistic unless forced to by law.
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Re: Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

Yet if the parents said no then the children would give up asking, the advertisers would stop targeting and the problem wouldn't be as big of an issue.

My parents gave me home cooked meals 7 days a week even though both worked, fast food was a treat for when we went out somewhere special. These days though a lot of parents see it as an alternative to preparing meals which is one of the major issues..
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Yet if the parents said no then the children would give up asking, the advertisers would stop targeting and the problem wouldn't be as big of an issue.

My parents gave me home cooked meals 7 days a week even though both worked, fast food was a treat for when we went out somewhere special. These days though a lot of parent s see it as an alternative to preparing meals..
My mother did the same.However she was a stay at home housewife.When she had to work I became the cook.

No one is saying that there should be no ads,just that they should be responsible and ethical..And as a parent I have have said no..and no and no and no and no...................It would have been nice to have had children's TV free from such ads when mine were small.There is plenty of ad time in the day for advertising the rubbish food and toys.
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Re: Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

Next I suppose people will be wanting plain packaging, and products hidden from view in shops, or better still, why not ban kids from shops altogether.
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Next I suppose people will be wanting plain packaging, and products hidden from view in shops, or better still, why not ban kids from shops altogether.
The last sounds good to me...I would be spared the noise of all those kids pestering their parents incessantly.

Plus as we now have cigarettes and tobacco hidden away in supermarkets with suggestions of plain packaging for the future on tobacco products maybe the former isn't such a daft suggestion.
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Next I suppose people will be wanting plain packaging, and products hidden from view in shops, or better still, why not ban kids from shops altogether.
Gets my vote.

And not just shops.

When I was a kid my mother always cooked decent food and rarely chips. Mind you TV was only 2 channels then in black and white with the test card before 4pm.

Convenience / junk foods were as adventurous as boil in the bag Vesta curries or something from the chippy.
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No! Because everyone has a choice of what to eat!

1. If the child gets regular excercise and a balanced diet then a bit of junk is ok. A bit of everything is good for you.

2. It is up to the parents to choose to let children purchase the products being advertised.

3. TV subscription costs will go up and the TV licence will be spread to other channels such as ITV1

Therefore there should be a free advertising policy and that includes product placement.

And lastly it is bad for the economy and bad for business, advertising is what makes the business world go round! Especially in retail.

Now my comments are based on advertisements in general not at how irritating or how annoying particular characters or slogans used in the advertisements are.

I also think the ban on Tobacco advertising should be dropped, it is silly! People are still gonna smoke, it doesn't do anything to reduce people smoking. The amount of money TV broadcasters are losing because of this is high and everything is getting very restricted and censored.

Like I said, people have a choice whether to buy them products or not and as a smoker, if JTC introduce a new cigarette brand, I might like to know about it, I like smoking, I pay the Tax on cigarettes, I have that choice, do I want to give up? No! it's not because of any advertising, it is because I like smoking! Trying to give up when I enjoy doing it will be pointless as I will never succeed, apart from that everyone in my family smokes, my grandmother died at 81, a very old age from a non-smoking illness and she smoked for over 45 years.

I would just like organisations to stop interefering in peoples lifestyle choices, they take enough of Tax of us, so pump that into the NHS if they are so worried, meanwhile for the large ones, excercise and cut down on the food, and then we wouldn't have this issue, move more,cut down on the calories, calories in,calories out! It's that simple!
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