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Censorship- Do you or don't you?

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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After a conversation I had with another poster, I was thinking... Do you censor what your children read or watch? What age do you stop?
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Kitschy
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

My kids are almost 5 and almost 3. They are sheltered from commercials and advertising, all adult TV, News. Basically if it's not on Disney Jr our public television, they have never seen it. I also don't listen to music with a lot of bad language in front of them. So yeah, I censor.

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

My child only watched pbs, disney or nick channels.  We continued this until she was 13.  When we go to movies, we don't go to any movies that are not G, or PG14 when she is with us.  

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Yes, because he is only 7 and he has autism, so he's mentally about 2 years younger than his peers. So I definitely censor what he reads and sees on TV or in movies for now. As he ages, the restrictions will become fewer. But for now, absolutely. 

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM
At that age, I get it. At what age would you stop
And let them decide?


Quoting Kitschy:

My kids are almost 5 and almost 3. They are sheltered from commercials and advertising, all adult TV, News. Basically if it's not on Disney Jr our public television, they have never seen it. I also don't listen to music with a lot of bad language in front of them. So yeah, I censor.

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romalove
by Roma on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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I am in general a non-censoring mom.

This does not mean porn in kindergarten.

It means that in general, I don't believe in shielding children from life, media, things they are interested in, and if they are watching/reading/learning about things that are dicey, I prefer to let them, know about it, and discuss it with them.

My youngest daughter is a total Broadway nerd, and she saw Rent when she was 8, then I took her twice to the Broadway show (one of her favorite memories is seeing Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in Rent the last day of the run, she has autographs and pictures).  The material (gay, transgender, AIDS, drug abuse, homelessness) is very adult and likely inappropriate for kids, but she loves the music, loves Broadway, and we could talk about what those things meant and what the show was about.

I think my children are enriched by access to whatever they are interested in, and they are not harmed at all.

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM
We do not go to the movies as much because they go with their friends more. But, at 15 I do not censor what my oldest watches. She likes horroe movies anyway.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

My child only watched pbs, disney or nick channels.  We continued this until she was 13.  When we go to movies, we don't go to any movies that are not G, or PG14 when she is with us.  

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IandLoveandYou
by Bronze Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM
Pretty much all of this.



Quoting Kitschy:

My kids are almost 5 and almost 3. They are sheltered from commercials and advertising, all adult TV, News. Basically if it's not on Disney Jr our public television, they have never seen it. I also don't listen to music with a lot of bad language in front of them. So yeah, I censor.

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Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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This is how I feel. My dd's love plays and musicals. My oldest loves to read. I always felt that books, art, plays, etc give children a well-rounded and richer life.

Quoting romalove:

I am in general a non-censoring mom.

This does not mean porn in kindergarten.

It means that in general, I don't believe in shielding children from life, media, things they are interested in, and if they are watching/reading/learning about things that are dicey, I prefer to let them, know about it, and discuss it with them.

My youngest daughter is a total Broadway nerd, and she saw Rent when she was 8, then I took her twice to the Broadway show (one of her favorite memories is seeing Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in Rent the last day of the run, she has autographs and pictures).  The material (gay, transgender, AIDS, drug abuse, homelessness) is very adult and likely inappropriate for kids, but she loves the music, loves Broadway, and we could talk about what those things meant and what the show was about.

I think my children are enriched by access to whatever they are interested in, and they are not harmed at all.

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romalove
by Roma on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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Quoting Debmomto2girls:

This is how I feel. My dd's love plays and musicals. My oldest loves to read. I always felt that books, art, plays, etc give children a well-rounded and richer life.

Quoting romalove:

I am in general a non-censoring mom.

This does not mean porn in kindergarten.

It means that in general, I don't believe in shielding children from life, media, things they are interested in, and if they are watching/reading/learning about things that are dicey, I prefer to let them, know about it, and discuss it with them.

My youngest daughter is a total Broadway nerd, and she saw Rent when she was 8, then I took her twice to the Broadway show (one of her favorite memories is seeing Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in Rent the last day of the run, she has autographs and pictures).  The material (gay, transgender, AIDS, drug abuse, homelessness) is very adult and likely inappropriate for kids, but she loves the music, loves Broadway, and we could talk about what those things meant and what the show was about.

I think my children are enriched by access to whatever they are interested in, and they are not harmed at all.

The other point I want to make is, parents who think they "can" censor may not always get the results they want.  Kids find ways to see/hear things you may not want them to, and you will then be relying on their friends and strangers to discuss those more sensitive topics with your kids, and you will have no input at all.

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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Pretty much this. Except I don't have any broadway nuts in my house :/

Quoting romalove:

I am in general a non-censoring mom.

This does not mean porn in kindergarten.

It means that in general, I don't believe in shielding children from life, media, things they are interested in, and if they are watching/reading/learning about things that are dicey, I prefer to let them, know about it, and discuss it with them.

My youngest daughter is a total Broadway nerd, and she saw Rent when she was 8, then I took her twice to the Broadway show (one of her favorite memories is seeing Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in Rent the last day of the run, she has autographs and pictures).  The material (gay, transgender, AIDS, drug abuse, homelessness) is very adult and likely inappropriate for kids, but she loves the music, loves Broadway, and we could talk about what those things meant and what the show was about.

I think my children are enriched by access to whatever they are interested in, and they are not harmed at all.

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