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If your position is anti-censorship, do you still check on what your children read?

We even read Fahrenheit 451 as a family to discuss censorship. Still, I can't help looking in on what they are reading, surfing, watching. Then it feels wrong.

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Asked by LeftBrainy at 10:38 PM on Nov. 8, 2008 in Just for Fun

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  • My son is 11 months old so I don't have that problem but I'm anti-censorship. I think I would check for age appropriateness though.

    Answer by nightwillow at 10:45 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • know what your children are reading and censoring what they read are 2 different things. I would like to know what my kids are reading (when they are old enough LOL) so that I can answer questions and just keep up with them :) ) I will not tell them what they can and cannot read though.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • I just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 again the other night :) awesome book!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • Ray Bradbury rocks!! I'm glad you are a fan, too.

    Answer by LeftBrainy at 10:50 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • My problem with censorship is other people telling me what I can let my kids read. I know my kids, and I know thier maturity levels. I know what they will like and what will bother them. Some polititian banning books from public libraries does not know my kids.

    Answer by SamanthaAgain at 10:59 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • I personally feel that as a mom is it my duty to protect my children from materials that they might not be mature enough to handle. I don't see anything wrong with protecting your children. Once they are older however, I don't see how I could, or would want to censor them. I guess what I am trying to say is that as long as what they are indulging in is age appropriate, I have no problem.


    Answer by hibicent at 11:04 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • Of course I will! Just as I'll limit which movies and TV shows she sees and what music she listens to. That's my job as a parent. To protect her from things she's not old enough for and try to guide her to make good choices. Right now, she's two. She likes Curious George and WordWorld. She likes "B is for Bulldozer". As she gets older, she'll watch more things, read more things. If I don't keep an eye on what those things are, how can I discuss the different issues with her?
    If I don't limit what she sees and hears or where she goes on the internet, will I be a responsible parent? And if I don't explain and show her some of what I am shielding her from eventually, will I be a responsible parent? For me, it's "no" to both of those.

    Oh and I agree, Fahrenheit 451 is a great book.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:08 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • Yes, but only to make sure they understand what they are reading. :)

    Answer by SusieD250 at 11:49 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • Absolutely - I check on everything that I can that she has access to. She is only 12 and as a parent it is imperative that I make sure she is safe.

    Answer by kathyartist2007 at 12:09 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

  • oh darn! my 2 1/2 year old watched 13 Ghosts today! I'm an awful mommy! LMAO

    nope, I teach my children what is real and what is not. I do not censor anything from them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

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