Since then, the way young people watch music videos has been transformed by the internet and mobile phones. As such, record labels, never the most socially responsible of organisations, have shown little restraint in the images they present to children. Lady Gaga has succeeded Madonna as pop’s enfant terrible and society has been bombarded with footage of semi-naked celebrities gyrating to a soundtrack of often explicit lyrics.
This is short-sighted and damaging. People of nearly any age should be allowed to enjoy their own taste in music but that is not an excuse for allowing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.