The Importance Of Censorship On Children

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Register to read the introduction… It is undeniable that the new media such as the internet is influencing the children of the current generation. Thus, it is absolutely worthy that censorship is enforced to prevent the corruption of children. In the long history of mankind, never before did children have this easy access to ideas, opinions and values delivered straight to their eyes and ears. (The Guardian) With the wide variety of materials that are available online for just a click of the mouse, censorship protects children from learning things that are potentially harmful to them. Why are they harmful to the general wellbeing of a child? Strong evidence has shown that heaps of images that show young women – super slim, blemish-free and digitally edited – are directly affecting the self-esteem of developing girls and this is directly associated with the issues of eating disorders. There is a debate on the relevance of censorship for children even to this day. (Forbes; Larry Magid) In the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, freedom of expression is acknowledged as the rights a child is entitled to. This includes the “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.” There is to no doubt that the child’s rights – “the rights to freedom of expression” – must be honoured. However, a child in simple context is someone who needs guidance and education from more senior, elderly and matured person. By putting the child’s rights first, it is also the utmost priority to protect the child until they are able to distinguish right from the wrong. Therefore, censorship is a very substantial mechanism that protects children from media that are of bad influence such as pornography and violence. It limits the intensity of obscenity and vulgarity that is allowed in television or in a movie. In this scenario, …show more content…
The role of censorship in our lives had decreased significantly throughout the decades. Through the arguments and facts that were discussed, it is to no doubt that for the sake of national security and stability, to limit actions that are of disregard towards the law and to prevent the corruption of children, censorship is something that we cannot go without. Censors in place now has to be enforced yet carefully administered to ensure that the future generation are being shaped into ideal individuals that are capable of leading countries that are secure and stable with integrity and harmony at

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