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nhenna
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queeng
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Should parents have the ability to censor their children?

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nhenna
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/26/2013 Category: Technology
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 1,607 times Debate No: 42979
Debate Rounds (3)
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nhenna

Pro

I believe parents should be able to censor their children because:
1. A child could go on dangerous/inappropriate websites
2. Anything, good or bad, can be accessed on the internet
3. It is the responsibility of the parents to raise their children right
queeng

Con

I accept this challenge and I look forward to this debate.

I think all of your reasons can be roped under the category of responsibility. A child should not be given personal internet access unless shown mature enough to handle the good and bad parts of the internet. They should be trusted not to go on inappropriate websites. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure their child is ready for this responsibility
Debate Round No. 1
nhenna

Pro

1. A child could go on dangerous/inappropriate websites
We live in a world of technology. Everything is constantly getting faster, smaller, and more accessible. The internet, however, resembles a double edged sword, it can be used for many good things but on the flip side many bad things can from it. Imagine a third grader going on the computer to do a school project. If my opponent had what she wanted, it would be very easy for this child to stumble across a bad website and potentially see something he/she is not mature enough to handle. According to guardchild.com, 70% of children 7 to 18 years old have accidentally encountered online pornography, often through a web search while doing homework. There are certain things that children should not see, things they are not ready to see. I'm not saying that parents need to censor their 18 year olds computer, I'm saying that parents should have the ability to control what their child sees until they feel their child is mature enough for such freedom.
http://www.guardchild.com...

2. Anything, good or bad, can be accessed on the internet
With the internet, it is that much more easier to access harmful information and people. According to childguard.com, 90% of children ages 8-16 have seen online pornography and 65% of 8-14 year olds have been involved in a cyber-bullying incident. These statistics are true and mere children are viewing harmful things and are bullied on the internet. An 8-year-old should not, under any circumstances, be viewing pornography, and no child deserves to be put down and bullied. According to guardchild.com, only 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids’ social networking habits and how these actions can lead to cyber bullying. What about the children of that other 85%? They are blindly posting and saying things on the internet that could get them in trouble, and their parents have no idea. If my opponent had what she wanted, these parents would continue being clueless until the day their children actually land themselves into trouble.
http://www.guardchild.com...

3. It is the responsibility of the parents to raise their children right
My opponent stated that " a child should not be given personal internet access unless shown mature enough to handle the good and bad parts of the internet." In the time we live in, you have to access the internet to succeed. The internet is so infused with our school and personal lives, that a parent has no chose but to allow them on it. As teenagers, we go through challenges like peer pressure and temptations daily. No matter how well your parents raised you and how far you've matured, you're going to come across or be approached by something uncomfortable one day and it is the job of your parents to teach you how to deal with it. If a child goes astray or gets mixed up in bad things, the first place people will look is at their parents and they should. It is the parents responsibility to show a child what's right and wrong, and it is the parents responsibility to shield them from unnecessary evils. If a parent feels the need to watch what their child sees on the internet, then that is their right.

queeng

Con

queeng forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
nhenna

Pro


In conclusion, I believe that parents should have the right to censure their kids because children can go on dangerous/inappropriate websites, anything could be accessed on the internet, and it is the responsibility of the parents to raise their children correctly. We live in the age of technology and everything is constantly changing and improving. Young children are being given access to a world wide database and "with great power comes great responsibility." It is becoming even more crucial that parents are knowledgeable about what their kids do and view on the internet. Though the internet is a great tool for success, it must be used with caution and treated with care.


Thank you for reading this debate.


queeng

Con

queeng forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by nhenna 3 years ago
nhenna
Thank you as well @queeng
Posted by queeng 3 years ago
queeng
Unfortunately I am without wifi and will not be back within the rest of the period for round 3, meaning I will not be able to provide an efficient response. Thank you for this debate, Con.
Posted by OtakuJordan 3 years ago
OtakuJordan
Withholding Internet privileges until the child is old enough to use them responsibly is itself a form of censorship...
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Vote Placed by imabench 3 years ago
imabench
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's arguments were tremendously bad but con forfeited every round