Censorship And The Civil Liberties Of American Youth Essay

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Censorship, in true form, is the systematic banning of books, the Internet, or other literature due to content that has been deemed inappropriate. In the United States, it is used widely in the context of adolescent literature. Resistors to the censorship movement often claim that the government is violating the first amendment rights of school-aged children. Numerous cases that concern censorship have been brought to the attention of the Supreme Court. Additional protestors find this act of restricting material devastating to the education system. Censorship has violated the civil liberties of American youth by limiting their freedom of speech and press. First, it is critical to examine the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states the basic rights of a child as recognized by the United Nations. It states that the governments has a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled (Article 4). Also, when an adult is making a decision on behalf of a child, the child’s opinion must be taken into account (Article 12). Children also have the right to obtain information that is important to their health and well-being. Governments should encourage mass media, such as literature, television and the Internet to provide information that children can understand. These rights, when examined as one unit, are similar to the United States’ First Amendment (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the…

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