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Is it OK to | ban certain books?

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No otherwise this goes against the whole idea of freedom of speech.

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Yes some topics are too dark and frightening for kids to read about and might even encourage them to do bad things.

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No books are an important way for kids to learn about different ideas- the good and the bad.

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It depends - sometimes a bit of help from an adult can be useful but with the freedom to explore further.

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  • manveer
    I've read most of these as well as Solzhenitsyn, books are a vital way of seeing a variety of issues & perspectives (plus freedom of speech)
    8 Aug 2020
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  • osquiggle
    some books do have age ratings in a way suggesting older readers to read or 13+ readers are suggested examples: 'gone' series and 'cherub'.
    8 Jul 2020
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  • weeb
    some kids books are extremely violent, don't see them banned though.
    9 Jun 2020
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  • zums
    through access to all knowledge sources, both good and bad, we can formulate our own ideas- this is better than ignorance.
    30 May 2020
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  • prostulzilei
    If you are to ban a book, then why other could not ban other books which may be useful to read? Banning books lead to absurd situations.
    27 Mar 2020
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  • hania
    Books allow people experience other peoples lives and empathise with them so banning certain books can narrow peoples mindset and view
    25 Jan 2020
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  • lilyg
    Controlling the language that we can access is a way of controlling thoughts.
    16 Jan 2020
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  • estelle
    It counts as freedom speech, authors have the right to express their opinions through writing. It's up to us to accept/deny ideologies made
    5 Nov 2019
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  • estelle
    It's a form of censorship and is often related to totallizarian regimes. If we ban books, we are slowly eradicating democraty.
    5 Nov 2019
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  • duh?!
    I think its abhorrent people would entertain the idea of infringing on this right even if it is something like holocaust denial.
    9 Sep 2019
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  • dogtooth
    Banning books for violence is wrong but, books containing nazi propaganda and what not could radicalise someone at it is dangerous
    29 Apr 2019
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  • nerdgirl
    Banning books is not an acceptable idea. Creativity and experiences are some of the best ways we learn how to be ourselves.
    14 Dec 2018
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  • harvey
    People should be allowed to make a decision for themselves on whether or not the content of a book is too extreme for them.
    7 Oct 2018
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  • harvey
    People should be allowed to make a decision for themselves on whether or not the content of a book is too extreme for them.
    7 Oct 2018
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  • harvey
    People should be allowed to make a decision for themselves on whether or not the content of a book is too extreme for them.
    7 Oct 2018
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  • agb
    Children should be given more credit for their awareness of the realities of the world and and shouldn't be stopped from reading
    19 Mar 2018
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  • chai
    It's true that banning will go against freedom of speech, however, spoiling children' childhood with dangerous material should be considered
    9 Mar 2018
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  • luna_lovegood
    Books are a way for authors to express their opinions on the world around them
    8 Feb 2018
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  • adam
    Rather unsubtle flirtations with communism in this piece - carefully omits it's cataclysmic economical and moral instantiations in history
    22 Jan 2018
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  • rainbowqueen
    I can't believe one of John Green's books was almost banned, he writes about really important issues that other people ignore
    2 Nov 2017
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  • autumn_leaf
    No way- no books should ever be banned! It would stop people learning about the world we live in and different human experiences
    2 Nov 2017
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