The newest talk in the library I work at is banning MySpace because of recent things in the media. In addition, several of my co-workers visited the site and were appalled at the profanity and pornography used on MySpace personal pages. They are totally “gung-ho” on banning this website.
Kids can hear profanity and witness pornography anywhere. They hear and see it at school, on television, and on millions of other websites. Do you know why? First, because profanity is part of everyday life in the real world. Parents need to realize that curiosity is natural. Secondly, the same kids whose parents aren’t sitting at the computer with them, guiding and parenting their kids, aren’t paying attention to their kids any other time either. Why aren’t these parents teaching their children the difference between right and wrong and then trusting them? From what I’ve seen, these parents think it’s too much trouble.
It is not my job to censor what your children should or should not be seeing. My job is …
… to ensure that information continues to be available and readily accessible and usable to all people regardless of their intellect, technical abilities, economic standing, location, race, color, creed, etc. from Lori Bowen Ayre
Woud banning websites not be the same as banning books? That is so against everything a librarian stands for and it makes me sick.
Thanks. Rant over.