A new report looking at teenagers' attitudes towards censorship of their
reading habits and library use is now available at
Based on a series of focus groups involving 88 young people, this research
suggested the following:
· To help both teenagers and their parents, books for teenagers should
guidance on the cover about the incidence of sex, violence, drugs, swearing
· Teenagers themselves should be involved in reviewing books and offering
on their suitability.
· Librarians and booksellers should ensure they offer teenagers guidance,
· Libraries for teenagers need to ensure that their stock contains a range
suitable for various combinations of emotional maturity and reading age.
· More opportunities to read books dealing with controversial issues within
curriculum should be explored.
· Efforts need to be made to involve parents in their teenager’s reading,
more aware of the content of books and better able to offer informed advice
· Internet filtering in schools needs to be re-examined. It is currently
unhelpful and unsophisticated.
· Rather than focusing on restricting access, it is imperative that
teenagers are taught
how to make informed choices about the information they gather from the
and the books they chose to read.
Other research and resources related to this topic are avaialble at
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