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Are libraries giving kids their first exposure to porn?
Imagine walking into the local public library with two young children. As you head toward the childrenâ€™s section, you pass the computer terminals and glance at the back of a man who is looking at one of the screens. What you see over his shoulder shocks you: online pornography.
Sound unlikely? Thatâ€™s exactly what happened to Seattle resident Julie Vanderburg a few weeks ago, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. When she reported him to the librarians, they told her she could â€śfill out a form.â€ť Frustrated, she confronted the man and asked him to stop viewing the objectionable material. A librarian told her to stop approaching patrons, insisting it isnâ€™t the libraryâ€™s responsibility to monitor internet viewing....
Well, one of my Aunts in Chicago was horrified one day. The library is big and beautiful, but unfortunately, is in the loop and is frequented by many unsavory characters. She was passing through the computer section one day when she noticed people surfing very graphic, hard core porn sites. My Aunt went directly to the head librarian to put a stop to it, but to her astonishment, the woman said that unfortunately, there wasn't a thing she could do about it. She went on to express her disdain telling my Aunt that they are protected under the law. I think of the children, etc, walking by seeing this kind of thing every day.
We have to make a wide swing past the computers in our local library for this very reason. But I was more horrified when I took my kids, all under 8 years old, into the teen section to find a book for school and had to pass the teen romance novels, teen VERY graphic novels and their own computer banks where they were playing a video game tournament of Grand Theft Auto! Yep, I'd say the moral decline has made it's way out of the gutters and alley's and into the daylight! How important it is we stay vigilant, keeping our wicks trimmed and our oil replenished.