BOLTON, England – Family campaigners have blasted a British fitness group for teaching pole dancing to girls aged seven -- and putting pictures of them on the internet.
The photos show youngsters upside down on poles dressed in shorts, crop tops and vests, The Sun reported Wednesday.
Parents must agree before the images, taken at JLN Pole Fitness in Bolton, northern England, are posted on Facebook.
But a spokesman for Christian charity the Mothers' Union said, "Children are being targeted with an activity that's part of a male club culture which objectifies women."
He added, "We hope parents would consider the negative impact it could have on their child's perception of their own body and sexuality."
Local councilor Nick Peel, who is responsible for children's services in the area, warned, "It's a dangerous world on the internet. People need to be aware of the situation they can be putting children into."
But Jess Leanne Norris, 18, who teaches the youngsters, insisted that "nothing rude is going on."
She said, "What I teach is pole fitness -- nothing else. I've never received any complaints."
Norris also claimed that the photos on the web were not "inappropriate."