Title: Censorship: issues for public/school libraries (with Barbara Biggins)
Abstract: The media, both new and old, offer children many opportunities for
experiences that enhance their development and understanding of the world. However, particularly with new media, there are also hazards that could hinder children's development. As commentatior Phillip Adams puts it, the issue is, 'Are the new media going to allow a thousand flowers to bloom for children, or simply offer another 50 ways to see Rambo'. Do children need to be protected, or are they so 'media savvy' it's not necessary? What's the role of teachers and librarians in this regard? Providers? Protectors? Censors? The paper examines community expectations in this regard.