Do You Censor Your Children?

United States
September 28, 2006 4:54pm CST
Do you tell your children what they can and cannot say? Do you think this has any damaging effects on their creativity?
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
2 Oct 06
You cannot wait for children to learn everything on their own. Some things they may not learn and learn it in a negative way through their friends. Hence it is very important parents should teach and guide young children in how to avoid bad words in their talk, manners, etiquettes, respect for elders, kindness etc.
• United States
2 Oct 06
I think censorship restricts and limits everybody's creativity, especially children's. If they're constantly told what *not* to do, they won't be able to think for themselves in some regards. Of course, there are reasonable limits to telling them not to say or do something. But total censorship, in my opinion, is hazardous to the creative abilities of the person.
• United States
30 Sep 06
My daughter is 12 I can censor that much. I do teach her not to use slang or profanity. I have the hardest time not cursing. I have cut back really well. I teach her ladies don't use this language. I also stress to her slang is for fools. It makes you sound uneducated. pretty much the rest is common sence
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@tamm820 (464)
• United States
16 Oct 06
I dont think I really "censor" what he can say, as to where things can be said. At home- if hes speaking to another person, as long as it's respectful. When he's in his room (or whatever) just jabbering, thats his time of expression. And beyond that, I just tell him that other people can be offened by what he says, and we have to respect that. Yes, I do believe that constantly censoring children can hold them back. They are the same as you and me, and they have their own thoughts and input to conversations.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
16 Oct 06
Children need to be censored somewhat. I don't want my child to find out the hard way that words can be damaging. I teach my children to be considerate of the feelings of others and choose their words carefully.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
14 Oct 06
That's a good point. I think a lot of people are viewing "censorship" in a very literal way. There are other ways to "censor" your children and hinder them. So much of "guiding" is in fact censoring and adults just don't realize it because it's been so long since they've been children.
@biking (24)
• India
2 Oct 06
it all depend upon the age of the children. however the fact is that its very difficult to censor children as one cant go behind them on all walks... the very best is to tel then straight and that too depends upon the age. to small ones the very lighter u could and to the big ones the scientifc reasons fetch more sense
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
28 Sep 06
It's very hard to censor children. They will pretty much say whatever is on their minds. When they are still very young and they begin to pick up profanities, you can correct this. And then they are a little older, they may learn politeness. But true censorship, no - I don't believe in it.