Why is if that some people see attempts to educate our children in online safety, and to protect them from inappropriate material as censorship?
Personally I valve our freedom of speech highly and I certainly prefer education and self-regulation over legislation. However our most vulnerable, our children need time to develop the skills required to make better, more informed choices, and it does them no favors to force adult behaviors on them from a very young age.
Parents must step up and take responsibility for the things they allow their children to do and see, particularly between the ages of 3-12.
One could I suppose, argue this is censorship, but these are children and,we as the adults have the responsibility to guide them and teach them well,
I do not see educating parents and children in online safety as censorship, in fact I believe it frees them to be able make much better choices. Is it not an oxymoron? To not advocate choice to learn is a type of censorship in itself! True freedom comes from choice ~ to be empowered to choose what is appropriate and what is not. To be empowered with knowledge to make informed choice.
That freedom should extend to not having mass media saturate our children with adult images and behaviours- we are not giving our kids choice now!
There is no harm in teaching our children values and respect. Developing empathy and resilience empowers them to make more informed choices later in life. The harm l believe comes from Not teaching these valves.
Fiona Lucas is the founder of iRespectOnline. She is passionate about helping small businesses to grow, thrive and build reputation online. Fiona is an ethical marketer providing bespoke online marketing strategies to enable businesses to leverage social media for growth. Underpinning everything she does, as Australia’s first online reputation evangelist she is passionate about driving social change towards a more respectful online environment.
She was named in Mamamia’s Top 50 women to watch online 2013, Finalist Geelong Small Business Awards 2017 – Social Media Influencer and is a virtual community manager for Social Media Marketing World. Fiona presents on digital futures, cybersafety and digital marketing.
Fiona is the author of Futureproof Your Kids – a parents guide to the social media playground.