Censorship vs Parenting

This is quite unusual because I am not reviewing a book.

I was recently looking at a blog that said “Stop Censorship!” I have deeply considered what is their intent. I am opposed to government censorship as a principle, however, I have to consider if my actions support that statement.

I am highly opposed to pornography. The question is open to what constitutes pornography and who decides. I definitely believe children should not have access to pornographic sites. I have heard it suggested that sites with “mature content” should be required to have an http ending in .xxx to be a clear warning for the unsuspecting. An aquaintance of mine said she was surfing and ran into a site stating “mature content” and without knowing the meaning clicked to go into the site, she warned us that no one is mature enough for that kind of content. We had a good laugh and a sensible lesson.

Would the stop of pornography actually be government censorship? In that case, it seems like we could use with a little bit of censoring.

Often schools and libraries go nuts over wanting to censor books like, Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird and even Harry Potter. If the book is on the right developmental reading level I am opposed to censoring from being available on the book shelves. This is where parents should come in. Each of these books has their place, and it is not right for every child to read them depending upon their age and emotional level.

Censorship should be taken care of by the parents. My goal in this blog is to help inform parents so they can make their own choice. I can only give you my opinion and then you must decide for yourself if a book is right for your child.

So, sometimes, censoring is parenting and the lack of censorship is a lack of parenting. That is the end of this soapbox style message.

– Michelle


About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow cooked in a tagine. Weekly I get together with friends and go to yoga for a bit of mommy time. Some may find me quirky, I prefer to think I am one of a kind.
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2 Responses to Censorship vs Parenting

  1. Marilyn J. Rowland says:

    I have a Stop Censorship banner on my page. It is a WordPress option that runs through tomorrow, an alternative to blacking out your blog for one day last week in opposition to the SOPA/PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bills (I happened to start my blog on that particular day). The proposed bills allowed far-reaching censorship, not related to pornography.

    I’m with you on opposition to pornography, especially when it comes to kids.

    • I didn’t realize the banner was in relation to SOPA/PIPA and am glad that you have pointed this out. It is still interesting to think about what censorship means and how we choose to censor ourselves and our children.
      Thanks for the comment!

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