The other day, I settled myself into a comfortable chair in the living room and opened another Australian novel. (You might know that I’m working my way through a list of 50 Must Read books.) But before I could read more than a page or two, the rest of my family appeared.
“What are you doing, Mum?”
“Is it coffee time?”
“Shall I fill the kettle?”
Soon we were drinking coffee and talking together, and my book was forgotten. The conversation turned to my last podcast, Resolutions, Reading, Writing and Coarse Language
“I’ve been thinking about what I said in that podcast. Do you think I was wrong?” I asked my children. “Should I look at every book before letting you read them? Is it wrong to trust you? Perhaps I’m an irresponsible mother. Maybe I’m not keeping you safe from the dangers of the world.”
Opinions flew back and forth across the living room. Everyone had something to say. I had a very lively discussion with my teenagers and young adults.
“It would be really good if I could record some of this conversation,” I said. “You all have some very interesting things to say. How about I interview a couple of you for this week’s podcast?”
So that’s what I did. I interviewed Imogen (20) and Charlotte (17) and asked them for their opinions on keeping children safe from the dangers of the world, including inappropriate books, computer usage, movies, emails etc.
These are some of the points we touched on:
- Is the world a dangerous place for young people?
- Is spying on a child justified?
- Does policing children’s activities really keep them safe?
- Could it damage the child/parent relationship?
- Is there another way of keeping children safe?
- Can children be trusted to make the right decisions?
- How do they know what is appropriate and inappropriate?
- Am I irresponsible? Do I just let my kids do whatever they want? Or is there more to it than that?
You might not agree with my opinions or those of my children. You might even think I’m a bit weird. That’s okay. I think parents have to do what they feel is right for their own families. That’s what we’re doing. But you could have other ideas. Perhaps you’re doing things differently. And that’s okay too!
Teenage Daughters, Books, Movies and Love
When it comes to books and movies, my 16 year old daughter Charlotte is very hard to please. Sometimes when we are watching a family movie together, we’ll realise she is no longer in the room with us.
Resolutions, Reading, Writing and Coarse Language
I didn’t talk specifically about music this week, but I did use a small snippet of a piece by Podington Bear to separate segments of my podcast. If you’d like to listen to the full piece of music, here’s the details:
(Isn’t Podington Bear a great name?)
|The Angels of Abbey Creek|
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