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To think books should have age certificates

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mrswhiskerson Mon 06-Jun-11 16:57:33

There is a debate going on at the minute about certifying music videos which I do agree with , I love music videos and some of them can be real works of art but I do not want my ds watching close ups of rihannas bum boobs or crotch. I also shouldn't have to not be able to watch the music channel while I am doing my ironing for fear of ds watching three am a
half minutes of soft porn.

What has surprised me though is no one ever mentions books. I have been an avid reader since childhood and some of the things I read were to old for me a notable book was American psycho which I read at fifteen after the film came out , it really disturbed me . Isn't the imagination worse than what you see? There is nothing in place to stop young people buying horrific books from waterstones and the like .

LynetteScavo Mon 06-Jun-11 17:01:57

It's a very good point.

I nearly threw up when I was 14 when I picked up a book in a cottage we were staying in one summer and started to read about a rape. hmm

It probably wasn't that bad with hindsight...but I was only 14.

GypsyMoth Mon 06-Jun-11 17:06:38

so how,on god green earth,would you police THAT scenario then??

LynetteScavo Mon 06-Jun-11 17:08:31

Exactly the same as with DVDs and X Box games.

CoffeeDodger Mon 06-Jun-11 17:11:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pointydog Mon 06-Jun-11 17:12:52


Books are categorised into children's and young people's sections in shops and libraries.

I don't think children can stumble across and read dirty books in anything like the same way they can come across dirty music videos.

GypsyMoth Mon 06-Jun-11 17:13:49

it was left in someones only need to pick it up and use your eyes to read it

not a console to put it in

valiumredhead Mon 06-Jun-11 17:15:25

I don't think children can stumble across and read dirty books in anything like the same way they can come across dirty music videos

Unless you had my parents' booksheleves - QUITE an eye opener they were! wink

InTheNightKitchen Mon 06-Jun-11 17:23:07

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GypsyMoth Mon 06-Jun-11 17:26:01

how do you police the books already in kids homes/on grandparents bookshelves?

how about current gcse material?

cakeandcustard Mon 06-Jun-11 17:33:03

You don't need to stumble on them you can go and buy them in a bookshop, I read silence of the lambs when I was 13 and I don't think it did me any good. I think I spent most of my adolescence reading about serial killers and the like, the books were much more graphic than the films in some cases. An age rating similar to dvds would work.

Mind you I would have had next to no sex ed without Judy Blume ...

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