Concrete Arguments for and Against Censorship

Adrienne - posted on 06/25/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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So this debate has been brought up more than a few times. Recently, it has come up in my own blended family. I live with my best friend, her husband, my husband and our collective 5 children. My friends husband has been married before, and 3 of the children in the house are from that marriage. Next week we are sitting down to come to some kind of an accord on this, as our household and hers feel completely differently on the issue. So....the question I am asking is not for everyone to personally argue the point, but to find out where your opinions and information comes from. Both sides of the fence have to be supported out there, right? So where does your concrete information from?

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Krista - posted on 06/25/2011

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Okay, maybe I'm a bit slow, but I don't understand what it is that you're actually asking here. Can you elaborate?

Becky - posted on 06/28/2011

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Well, I can't quote you a study at the moment, but I can look for links in the morning if you like. But I believe that there is evidence that witnessing excessive violence on television and in video games actually impacts the development of young children's brains. So we avoid letting our kids watch shows with a lot of violence, especially very graphic or psychological violence. Shows like Criminal Minds for instance, that tend to delve very deeply into how twisted some people's minds are. It's something that they are not able to understand yet and sometimes those shows are disturbing even to our adult minds, so I can't imagine a young child trying to process them. We try to avoid shows with excessive swearing, because our kids are little parrots, and with a lot of adult themes, simply because at the ages of 1 and 3, those are not things our kids need to be trying to understand yet. And in case anyone asks, by adult themes I would mean things like sex/sexuality, divorce, suicide, domestic violence, financial ruin, drug/alcohol use, etc. We won't shelter our children from those things forever, but at this age, we just don't feel that they are things they need to or even have the ability to understand.

Jodi - posted on 06/25/2011

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And what do you mean by concrete information? Deciding what to censor within our homes is a very personal choice based on various factors, including our personal moral values. It is difficult to have conrete arguments for something so subjective. Or are you after copies of studies, etc, that show the possible long term harm of exposure to certain types of TV, movies, literature, etc?

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Jessica - posted on 06/29/2011

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I believe keeping the same things from a five year old as you do from a one year old is foolish. We don't have "bad words" in our home but we DO care how people USE them. Embellishments are allowed... basically... while I do believe in attempting to DELAY exposure to sex, mean words, and other offensive things.... I do not hold any of the delusions that society gives us. I know what they will learn as they get older and remember a lot from back then. I do my best to think about it like I once did and how they think now... and I will continue to do so. To hide things once they are exposed to them I do not think is wise. My job is not to create sheltered nuisances, but functioning adults. So far the only things I have had to explain are mean people, and that discrimination (why people don't let him play with their kids..... because mommy wears a pentacle... and they believe something different)... ect ect. I do not believe in censorship the way it is practiced, but will do my best to take things as they come. I will answer my children s questions regardless of others opinions on whether or not I "should" because that is what THEY believe.

Jessica - posted on 06/28/2011

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Mine comes from observation. I disagree with flat out censorship but I have been guilty of shushing people about things I know my one year old will ask about... and am not ready to explain.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2011

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Hmmm....I think if the ages vary, and the whole house is watching, it must be age appropriate for the youngest to watch. Then when he/she goes to bed...then it can be age appropriate for the next one in line....If this is what you are talking about that is.

Adrienne - posted on 06/27/2011

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I know that there is no "fact" based evidence about this. I am looking for studies people have done on both sides of the fence. I think what started the disagreement was a tv show, but anything would be fine. I am just searching for evidence to back up both sides.

ME - posted on 06/26/2011

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I don't censor much in my home, honestly...I do draw the line at romanticized violence, or filthy language. My husband and I also choose not to purchase our tv through cable or dish, we prefer that the kids don't see the commercialism of American culture at their age...My children are very young; but, if they see something or hear something they don't understand, then I take that as a teaching opportunity. My son has occasionally brought a book to me that I know is a little over his head...I read it to him anyway, and if he doesn't understand it, then he loses interest quickly...if he understands enough to ask questions, then he's learning something with my guidance.

Sara - posted on 06/25/2011

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Cesorship of? Books? Internet? Depends on what exactly you are talking about.

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