17 Jan Banning Books: What This Means to Our Youth of Today.
In an attempt to keep children from accessing explicit material or material that may represent values they do not uphold, many parents and other citizens continue to “challenge” hundreds of books in schools and libraries everywhere.
As a writer, this impacts me and so many as we begin to ponder our constitutional rights of Freedom of the Press or Freedom of the Media and censorship.
In researching this topic, the one word that kept creeping in was fear. I realize that as a parent, we feel it is our duty to protect our children. In most cases of books being ‘challenged,’ it seems that parents are fearful that their child may read material they deem inappropriate.
Upon further research, however, I found the topic went deeper than that. Many parents seem to want to avoid topics such as human sexuality, and religions other than their own.
The truth is that children these days are learning about these topics regardless of whether or not they are reading specific books. Many times children learn and hear about these topics from other children.
Therefore, I would like to offer another alternative. Instead of burying your head in the sand as an ostrich hoping these topics will just go away, what if we took the time to read these books to our children and then follow up with a discussion from our point of view and offer to answer any questions that may arise?
Censorship does not protect our children. We should teach our children to have open discussions about topics and explain why we agree or disagree with certain content. By using books as a tool to teach, you are also expanding their minds to form their own opinions over time. This also allows us to remain in control of which lessons are important to our families and cultures.
When I came across this powerful video of expression, I felt it was my duty as to share as it is from the perspective of children.
I would love to hear your opinion and how this video made you feel. Please comment below…
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” ~Elizabeth Hardwick