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Monday, July 17, 2006

Should we sensor teen reading choices

Owlhaven posted a blog entry askinging for opinions on whether or not teen (12-15) reading choices should be censored. It seems to have stemmed from the content of a series of Girls-type books.

What can I say? I have boys. I am constantly looking for a books to give to my 11 yo to read. For the most part I feel that as long as he is reading, it's generally OK. I jsut picked up a box set for his last night that Contains Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. Both Hubby and I have read these. We did turn him on to Harry Potter aslo, but becasue of the controversey we read them first. (We both loved them) and then decided that at the time he was not doing a good job of distinguishing between real and fantasy. That got better in about 6 months and I required him to "read" (we read a lot of it to him) before seeing the movie. Therefore we were able to talk about how fantastical it ws and what our family values and faith are.

He is allowed to go to the library on his own. We live 3 blocks away. I'm happy to see a book in addition to any videos/DVD's he brings home.

I don't think I would forbid him from reading a certain book. But I would like to keep the line of communication open. I did give him some of the Dragon Riders series by Anne McCaffrey. I loved those books also. They might be advanced for him. I recal some insinuation about intimate enoounters, but they are more a passing reference and not at all graphic. He may not read all of them for a few years, but they are on the bookshelf and available to him.


owlhaven said...

Hi Maggie, Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment on my question.

Mary, mom to many

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