Editorial: Teen magazines are regulated enough

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers called last week for regulations that would require teenage magazines to have age restrictions stamped on their covers, making it illegal to sell them to younger readers.

Apart from the practical implications of such a move, the association ignores the fact that teen magazines are already tightly regulated - more than any other sector. Magazines aimed at teenage girls are monitored by the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel, set up to regulate the content of these titles. Indeed, complaints have fallen dramatically since TMAP was set up in 1996.

The pressure for tighter regulations of these titles ignores the role they play in educating a generation of emotionally immature, yet physically confident, teens.

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