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Last week we reported on a study that found profane language was used frequently in young adult novels. Now that study is being looked at more closely and people are asking, should YA novels have a rating system?

The professor who conducted the study, Sarah Coyne, thinks that books should indeed have a rating systems to help parents decide what is right for their child.

From US News:

“I think we put books on a pedestal compared to other forms of media,” Coyne says. “I thought long and hard about whether to do the study in the first place—I think banning books is a terrible idea, but a content warning on the back I think would empower parents.”

Coyne’s study included words from five different categories: George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words,” sexual words, excretory words, ‘strong others’ (bastard, bitch) and ‘mild others’ (hell, damn). All but five books, including many targeted to kids as young as 9, had at least one instance of profanity.

Coyne notes that books like Harry Potter and Twilight had a big influence on adolescents but questions if parents know about books like Gossip Girl and the adult content in the books compared to what is seen on TV.  She also mentions Tweak, stating ”if they made that into a movie, it’d be rated R very quickly.”

Beth Yorke from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) questions who would label the books. Would a random group decide if a book was appropriate for your child or you to read? Recent issues with the MPAA have proven that rating systems are flawed and antiquated. Yorke also makes another point about the content people are finding questionable.

Beth Yorke:

“Books can be a safe way for young people to explore edgier, sensitive, or complicated topics, and they provide parents the opportunity to help their teens grow and understand these kinds of sensitive issues.  ALA’s interpretation on any rating system for books is that it’s censorship.”

What do you think about a rating system for young adult books? Who should be in charge of creating the rating system if it is put in place? Lastly, do the categories that Coyne used in the study really represent profane language? Take the poll and let us know what you think.

Should young adult books have a rating system?

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  • Rosie

    I don’t think books should have a rating, but if there is questionable content, it should be mentioned on the back cover or something like that. There is no need to censor exactly what children should read, but instead to let parents decide if they wish for their children to be exposed to that kind of thing. Even if they just wrote something saying “contains sexual content/strong language/graphic violent imagery” or something along those lines, it would be okay. There’s no need to do anything further.

    • Megan

      I agree one hundred percent :)

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

       Yeah, I’d have nothing against that. What I would have issue with would be a restriction. I started reading by myself at age 3, so by the time I was in grade school, I was reading chapter books and by the time I was 10, I was reading off the HS recommended reading list. If I had been told at a young age that I wasn’t old enough to read certain books and had been restricted to child-fodder, I wouldn’t be here today. No lie. I loved and still love reading, and would choose the company of a book over the company of many people I know.

      I surpassed my parents’ level of reading comprehension before I was 10. If I had to rely on them to get my books, I definitely would not be as happy and as successful as I am today.

      Nothing wrong with people being informed on what they’re getting into, but I think everything is on a case-by-case basis, and to implement an age-restriction rating on reading material would be the worst idea. I already don’t agree with the MPAA movie ratings.

      • Rosie

        Luckily I live in the UK where the ratings system, as far as I’m aware for films and things at least, is a lot more standardised. That doesn’t mean I always completely play attention to it – one of my favourite films ever is rated 15, but I first watched it at 13, because my parents allowed me to. The DVD case said something along the lines of “contains frequent strong language and sexual references” and they judged that it was still okay for me to watch it, and it really wasn’t that bad in the end.

        If we had something like that for books without the hard restrictions on purchasing/”correct” reading age, then it would be perfect, and people could read what they want and ignore what they felt was inappropriate. While I’ll read almost anything, many other people won’t and that would ensure that they could avoid content they didn’t like.

        • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

          I’m actually from Canada, where the movie ratings system is a lot more relaxed, but I’m aware of the MPAA since the US is so close to us.

          • Knights7

             Yes. MPAA is a very nice addition to watching a movie. As a young adult I use those ratings ALL the time to choose what movie I want to see. And it would be nice to do the same with books.

    • Knights7

       That’s what I envision the ratings to be. Just so you CAN KNOW what’s inside.

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    I’m not entirely sure this is a good idea, because of the censorship it could entail, although I do see where Sarah Coyne is coming from. The only book I can think of that would need an R rating is “American Psycho”. If only I had known about what I would be reading when I picked it up!

  • Gary65

    Books can contain some really beautiful messages. There are plenty of seedy, stupid books but there are a lot more amazing ones that young people should be exposed. Along this vein, I think parents should preview books before giving them to their kids. That way, they can ascertain the message of the book and decide if that’s the kind of message they want to expose their children to. A rating system makes it too easy.

    It would be a terrible shame if a child was denied access to the core message of the Harry Potter books just because a parent, who knew nothing about them, saw a high rating and refused to let their child read them cos Mrs. Weasley said “Bitch” once.

    • Oscar

       I see your point here… on the other hand, I really don’t like sex scenes in books, or, like, WAY too much language, so I’d prefer at least vague advisories. I think in terms of language, maybe there should be some sort of scale indicating the strength of the language.

      • Gary65

        Yes but books with sex scenes and buckets of language aren’t really to marketed to people under 16 anyway.

        • guest

          Yes, a lot of them are.  I have read a lot that are targeted at ALL teenagers, including the ones 13-15.

  • akacj7

    I don’t think a rating system with the aim to prevent someone of a certain age from reading a book is a good idea. But a content warning, not unlike what is specified on a film or tv show AFTER the rating is given, might not be a bad idea. 

    and really, if you’re going to rate books for young people, you might as well rate ALL books. and that would be a huge pain in the ass. i guarentee if it was only for YA fiction, there would be a big hullaballo about, “no, my book isn’t MEANT for YA, it doesn’t need a rating/content warning,” even if its the YA group that is predominantly reading their book. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

    I’d prefer some sort of “rating” on the book (a pg-13, r, whatever) as a disclaimer, not necessarily like movies meaning only above 13, above 18 can get in. Or some sort of website that gives adviseries such as these. I hate books with sex in them, and would rather be aware of what type of content is in the book as a heads up.

  • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

    These are young adults reading these books NOT 5 year olds. Any proposed rating system is ludicrous. Many young adults are already reading “adult” literature that is far more profane then anything published as Young Adult. 

  • http://twitter.com/Shaftsword Shaft Almasy

    YA Books like House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast have very clear warnings about them being inappropriate for young children. The problem is with parents, gift givers etc. not doing the leg work to investigate the books that their young children are reading. Once a child gets to 14 are there really that many books that you would refuse them the chance to read? It is the same as any other media you feel might adversely affect your child it is up to you to take steps to deal with it not the state to come in and ruin it for everyone.

  • Tulsi Patel

    Wouldn’t that spoil the book a little? For instance you would know that a couple is going to get together because it’s warns a sex scene. 

    • guest

      You don’t have to read it!  It will just be for the people who are specifically avoiding those topics.

      • Tulsi Patel

        Just go to commonsensemedia.org. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Frye/1326652893 Connor Frye

    I have noticed that people who read are generally more mature and can handle any content that may be above their age group. But really in the world we live in there is less and less censoring. On commercials and in store ads from the paper you can see people nearly naked, you hear cursing and strong language everyday. Games and movies kill people off like it is nothing. 

  • http://soundofsilent.blogspot.com SilentA

    This is ridiculous.  What about advanced readers?  I was reading my mom’s Danielle Steele books when I was way young.

    • Mad

      Exactly my point, I read a lot when I was much younger, reading young adult and adult novels from a very young age, and I also found that be reading more, including about sensitive topics, it allows you to mature and read beyond your age group. 

      • Knights7

         Sure. Yes if you read more mature books you would grow mentally. No doubt about that. But like I said before, the ratings would be a tool. Not a WALL or something to hold you back.

    • Knights7

       Well. Obviously your parent thought it was fine for you. I’m sure she let you watch R movies that she thought were fine. The ratings would only make it more out there. If there is Sex than I want to know.

  • Esky

    Kids would be more likely to buy the books with the R-rating. Just sayin. 

  • Shelby Walker

    If anything, there should be age groups listed on books to help define YA from Children’s books. I see this line blurring a lot, and I think it should be addressed. But there shouldn’t be content warnings… I mean, that’s just a way to spoil a story.

    • Jen_Lamoureux

      There actually are age groups listed on books typically on the back cover by the bar code.  Amazon and other carries usually post is in the books details section. 

  • GinnyWeasley002

    I mean, yes, we can make our own choices, but there have been so many times I’ve been reading this incredible book, then these horrible scenes and language come in and I have to get rid of it. I would LOVE it if they warned you ahead of time, I could still make my own decision, but I wouldn’t get sucked into a book I’d have to stop half-way through.

  • Jessica

    It does raise an interesting point. Books are basically the only media that don’t have a solidified rating system with a review board. Movies, tv shows, video games, all do.  I don’t think that there should be rating system for books, though. There’s a difference between the visual mediums and the written word, I think. However, I wouldn’t really object to something like a mention that the book contains explicit language/sexual references on the publishing info page.

    • Guest

      I’m not one for book censorship. I’m an extremely heavy reader (I used to read fifteen to twenty books every three weeks, although I read somewhat less now), and I can take most things in books in stride. I don’t really blink at book series like Game of Thrones. I’m not an adult, but my guardians don’t mind me reading anything that isn’t actually pornographic; nevertheless, sometimes I do wish there was some kind of system or warnings of severely explicit content like on music, because sometimes I don’t want to read what is basically explicit or profane lyrics. A note on the publishing info page would be handy, just to know. But I also fear that that practice would turn into only allowing over-18s or over-17s to buy books with certain ratings, and books have always been an island of reason where censorship either keeps the book out of town or lets it in for all to read. (By which I mean that public and school libraries decide whether or not to carry it, but they don’t card people who want to read it.)

  • Karen Rought

    The funny things is, books *do* have a rating system of sorts. Agents/editors frequently categorize YA books already – middle, upper, dark, etc. The problem is that the book stores don’t choose to differentiate these books on their shelves. That’s what’s going with the NA (New Adult) “movement” right now – those books are either heavily edited to fit into the YA category or are shoved into the adult category where they don’t get as much exposure. I don’t think we need a ratings system, I think we need the book stores to clearly define sub-categories and set books out according to those. That way parents and kids can find the books they want and avoid the ones they don’t.

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

      That’s a good point. In most of the book stores I’ve seen, a third of the store is labelled “Fiction”, and it’s all the adult novels, which are then shelved by subject and author. So you know if you go to “Science Fiction”, you’re not going to get a whole lot of gratuitous sex scenes as opposed to if you entered the “Romance” section.

      Another third of the store is labelled “Non-Fiction”, which too is shelved by subject. You’re not going to accidentally find a book about knitting when you’re looking for car repair.

      But the final third is labelled “Children’s”, and from there, it’s divided by age, not subject. All the picture books are on one shelf, all the “Ages 9-12″ chapter books are on another shelf, all the “Ages 12-14″ books on another, and then finally “Ages 14+” on another. They’re not divided by subject in the slightest bit, but rather just listed alphabetically by author. It’s like saying children/teens can only decide on their reading choices based on their levels of comprehension, and not based on the actual themes or subjects of the books.

      ALL 12 YEAR OLDS LIKE THE SAME BOOKS, RIGHT? JUST GRAB ANYTHING OFF THIS SHELF!

    • Jen_Lamoureux

      Books may be categorized as YA but it doesn’t restrict them from having profane language or sex.  The category is more about the main characters age group and the setting of the book. The New Adult movement is much like Middle grade was a few years ago it currently doesn’t have a place.  Most new adult is geared towards the college level student but it doesn’t have a market yet because no one knows how to market it much like middle grade which has started to take off.  

      I agree with you about book stores especially the chain stores.  If you have the choice shop at an indie store.  The store typically has books organized better and they have incredibly knowledgeable staff so that if you are buying a book and have questions about the content they can help you decide. 

    • Oscar

      Interestingly, where I live bookstores DO categorize books like that, and because of that a problem arises. See, I live in the Caribbean, and they categorize adult books based on genre and ‘darkness’, as well as categorizing young adult books in the same way (there’s no labels, but you can see by a glance where everything is). Problem is, they also have a seperate ‘West Indian Novel’ section. And most students doing literature are forced to read some of the most boring, crappy WI novels in the world (Beka Lamb – entirety of chapter two; she makes coffee). Nobody’s going to go look in the WI novel section. And it’s that sort of novel segregation that’s negatively impacting new authors.

  • Oscar

    I’m surprised most people say no, actually. I’ve realised that categorizing books into Adult and Young Adult doesn’t work at ALL. For example, the Discworld books are supposedly Adult, but the profane language is much less than some YA series, and the sexual references are so incredibly vague that someone who didn’t know what the references meant would probably think they were about… I dunno. Cooking, or something.

    That said, restricting books is something that should never happen, so I suppose that, yes, parents and teens can make their own choices. The fact is, a rating system is absolutely necessary FOR parents and teens to make their own choices.

    You can’t judge a book by its cover, and if there’s nothing telling you “this might have some stuff in it that you mightn’t want to read” then how is the teen supposed to make the decision of whether to read it or not? Rating books shouldn’t be as stringent as movies or games, perhaps, and everyone should be allowed to buy what books they want, but there should be some sort of advisory system at least, informing readers of what they’re getting into.

  • Loki

    It would be nice if there was a rating system like the kind they use with fanfiction (K, K+, T, M, and MA).  The ratings would not restrict people from reading a certain book, but rather let them know how violent/profane/sexually explicit the book is ahead of time.  People would then be able to pick up a book without getting smacked in the face by a sex scene every other chapter.

  • Kate

    I think that’s actually a pretty good idea.  When I was an early teen, I recall choosing a book for a book report, and finding a curse word or something in it – freaking out as to what my teacher would think. (I went to Catholic gradeschool…haha)  It was a book I got at my school’s book fair, I think, too, so that made it worse.

    And even thought I’m no longer a teen, it still seems like it could be beneficial.  Recently I started reading the books that ‘True Blood’ is based on, and even though the show can be called risque, did I expect to find so much sexual content in the books?  Hell no.  But I was a late teen then and I felt like I was hiding a “dirty” secret from my parents.  Awkward, haha.
    Nothing drastic – just some sort of a warning beforehand would be nice.

  • CliveRogan

    I did think there should probably be a ratings system when I was 11 or so and buying Stephen King novels.  I don’t think it was bad that I was reading them, but I was surprised no one was standing between me and them.  People are so protective of children with regards to films and TV but outside the occasional banning there is no control.

  • Enelya

    I can see putting a language warning on books, but not the age limits on who can buy them like some movies have.  It’s up to the parents to know what their kids are reading and decide if it’s appropriate for them, like movies or games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    i remember reading a book for highschool english class.  It was called ‘The Pigman’.  I think it was in this book, where one of the characters actually used “#%E^&” as a substitute for curse words.  But as a teen who never had this kind of problem with books, I can’t see why we need a rating system.  My parents never knew what i read, I just went to the library and borrowed books. 

  • Guest

    Young Adult is a part of a rating system. Fiction: Children, Young Adult, Adult

    • Dlmarvin05

      ^ this

    • Oscar the Grouch, Time Lord

      It’s not a very effective system. Children’s books can be quite mature (Harry Potter), Young Adult books can be overly adult, and Adult books can, nonetheless, be quite appropriate for Young Adults.

      • Knights7

         That’s why you need good judgement along with knowing what your getting into.

    • Knights7

       No that doesn’t tell you nothing. Movies have these too. Drama, Horror, Thriller, Historical. But that doesn’t tell you anything what’s inside. There stuff in Young Adult that should be R-rated movies. And should not be shown to teens and tween. I can speak ’cause I’m a teen.

  • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

    Who are the 35 people voting yes? I’m ashamed of you guys …  if parents just did their job nothing would need a rating system. Also the idea we restrict people from reading / viewing / playing certain things based on age is crazy. 

    • Knights7

       Yes. In a perfect world it wouldn’t be needed. But I’m sorry to say that a lot of parents nowadays are pretty negligent. And plus if a parent can’t “read” the book before a teen reads it. The teen should be mature enough to look at ratings and use what his parents have taught him in judgment.

  • Shea

     I’m all for a no-restriction ratings system for content warnings. I was reading books off the adult shelves by age 13; I would have appreciated warnings about the content in books like Clan of the Cave Bear, a series that gets more and more X-rated as it goes (shame, I loved the prehistorical survival story part) and in Sword of Truth (not as bad, but still. Not what I thought I was getting in to.)

  • Mad

    From a very young age, I was reading well ahead of books in my own age bracket, and it was never difficult for my parents to ensure what I was reading was appropriate. And when I was older, and began to read young adult and adult novels, still young for them, I found I was able to choose myself what was appropriate in sensitive topics. But, then again, I’ve always been mature for my age and had been taught well as to what was appropriate and through reading, discovered for myself what I was able to handle, which is most things, but I do have limits that will always remain in place.

  • rlfritch

    i don’t really think that it’s the language that makes a book bad or innapproiate, it’s more the actions and situations endorsed by the characters through their actions

  • Ande Anderson

    I’m 19 years old and would love a rating system for books. I don’t like books filled with sex and a ton of swear words. I like clean books, and have picked up books that have made me uncomfortable because I didn’t know what was going to be inside. It would make it a lot easier for more conservative people like me to find books to read that don’t make us uncomfortable.

    • Dlmarvin05

      that’s what reading the back is for. No offense, but most of the time that little description will say something along the lines of what is going to happen and if it sounds uncomfortable to you then you put it up. You can also maybe just read the first chapter, book stores don’t kick you out for that I promise, and see how it comes across. Putting another labeling system in place is just another form of restriction I could personally do without. Also, google is a charm too

      • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

        That’s true, but there’s been a few books where the back cover is nothing like the book I read. And using Google won’t exactly work if you’re in a bookstore picking out books then and there. It would be simpler just to have some sort of indication with what’s inside without having to google it or read part of it before reading/buying. 

    • Oyster

      maybe you should just stick to the bible. i mean that’s clean and not violent…

      • Knights7

         The Bible. Not VIOLENT. HA that’s a joke. The bible shows the world as it really is with SEX, VIOLENCE, and mature situations to prove the point that world need a Saviour.
         Just read David and Bethsheba’s story and you’ll know what I mean. Even “SONG OF SOLOMON” has overt sexual relations between a married couple.

        What I want is just to KNOW what I’m getting into and not get SHOCKED when I read a Young Adult fiction that has R-rated situations. I’m all for ratings (not censorship).

        • Oyster

          It’s my goal in life to never pick up the bible. It’s so disgusting and unnecessary. 

          • Knights7

            Wow, some goal. You say it’s disgusting. Well we’ll see what you say later in your life. It’s very necessary even if you don’t want to admit it.

          • Oyster

            I will burn the bible at my 85y birthday party. You can join me if you’d like.

          • http://ilikegayzandcookiez.tumblr.com/ Serah

            nevermind religion, the bible is a literary masterpiece… but it’s your loss

          • Knights7

             Amen Serah!

          • Oyster

            Honestly I disagree. There are far better books to read. Especially ones with historical value.

        • Ande Anderson

          I agree with you completely! 

  • imdejahvoo

    Something that Netflix does is has a “recommended for ages 12+” or any other age and then explains why  (I’ve even attached an example). I’ve found this really helpful in deciding what I do and don’t want to watch because even though I’m old enough to get myself into this movie, I don’t think I’d like to watch it by myself and don’t want to read a spoiler-filled review to figure out whether or not it’s something I’d like. I think that it would be nice to have something like this for books as long as there’s no restriction on who can buy them or check them out based off of rating.

    • Knights7

       Agreed.

  • starryeyes1103

    This is completely ridiculous. Different children able to handle more adult content at very different ages, and as I’m guessing the system will be based around the less mature readers it’s likely to prevent people reading books that they’d be totally fine with. It also completely undermines the children’s parents; surely they’re capable of keeping an eye on what they’re kids are reading and don’t need a stupidly bureaucratic ratings system to do their job for them.

    • Knights7

       Sadly. Most parents don’t watch out for their children in this way. I don’t think it should censored just “rated” so parents have more of an idea what their children are reading. And of course read the book if it sounds too…overt.

  • Sandra Terry

    I don’t know if “should” is the correct word to use but I don’t have a problem with YA books having a rating. I read manga so I am used to the idea of a book having a rating on it’s back cover  because manga already have this. Besides just because a book has a rating doesn’t mean that parents and teens can’t still decide for themselves what they will read, the warnings just provides better guidance for them.

    Also instead of having one group in charge of rating books just have the publishers have their own rating system and rate their own books.

  • Corrine Clapp

    overuse of swear words bother me, as well as anything that implies sex. But I think a rating is a bit ridiculous.

  • guest

    I totally agree with adding a rating system.  I was one of the kids read at a high school level in early grade school.  My family, including myself, has super high morals and most language and sex just made me feel awkward.  So, I had to read classic english novels and children’s books.  I think it would help kids who were like me.

    Also, I think, just as a precaution for kids, Amazon and Barns&Noble could edit the swear words with even just a blackout on the e-readers.  The person reading or parent could control what is blocked.

  • Knights7

     Go to Change.org and search the following statement to sign this petition I put together. Random House Publishers: All books should be rated in a system like movie ratings.

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    I just signed the following petition addressed to: Random House Publishers.—————-All books should be rated in a system like movie ratings.Not knowing what is in a book is a constant struggle for people all over the world.You
    pick a Young Adult novel trusting that the content is not overtly
    graphic and more like a PG-13 movie. But more often than not readers are
    shocked to find R rated content in a Young Adult novel.The same with
    Adult novels is true.The reasons why books should be rated are as follows:1)
    The graphic content in Young Adult novels is not appropriate for teens
    who are trying to discover themselves. Teen’s don’t need to read a
    graphic sexrape scene which may encourage them in that area.2) Description of Violence should be limited to it’s specific rating. (Such as G, PG, PG-13 etc…)3)
    Language should be limited to its rating as well. Tween children should
    not be encouraged in this area. Nor teens encouraged to say overt
    language derived from lewd actions.————–Sincerely,    A Reader

    Why People Are Signing

    Daniel Kuehn
    (Petition Organizer)

    4 days ago

    I believe this will be a huge tool for
    people to use to pursue purity in their lives and not read a book
    ignorant of the content. Parents can begin to read a book before their
    children do with at least an idea of whats inside. And teens can read
    books with more of an knowledge of what they are getting into.

    Emma Cisar

    4 days ago

    I think that having all books rated will
    better help a teacher teach a book to students so he or she can know
    ahead of time if there is something that would not be appropriate to
    teach, and therefore decide against teaching the book or have the
    students skip that section(s). Also this can help a parent decide if the
    book is appropriate for their child . Finally it helps with viewer
    discretion.

    Nicole Radigan

    9 days ago

    I don’t like to read a book with sex, violence, and language.

    Erika Gradeless

    4 days ago

    To protect children from indecent exposure.

    Recent Signatures

    • Oyster

      Ew.

    • Oyster

      TW (Rape)
      1. “Not knowing what is in a book is a constant struggle for people all over the world.” Lol, what? I think hunger or poverty is a bigger problem. Way to overdramatize the problem.
      2.”The graphic content in Young Adult novels is not appropriate for teens 
      who are trying to discover themselves.” That’s not for you or YA publishing companies to decide. That’s for parents and the readers themselves to figure out. Though I’d have to say that those R-rated scenarios are precisely what aids self-discovery.3. “ Teen’s don’t need to read a 
      graphic sexrape scene which may encourage them in that area.” Teen’s? You mean Teens. Also, do you really think teens are just one book away from going on a rape spree? What kind of warped world do you live in?4. “Description of Violence should be limited to it’s specific rating.” Oh god. It’s= It is. Its= Possessive.
      5. “Tween children should not be encouraged in this area.” Again, not for you to decide. Your morality shouldn’t control what teens can or should read. 
      Get out of here.

      • Knights7

         1. Well. Yes, but it is still a problem. And if a person read junk and that’s his life style than why should he give to the poor or the starving??? He has no reason to unless he has morals.
        2. The rating system would be a tool not for ME or anyone else to decide what a child is ready for or what I’m willing to read. There are limits though, such as X-rated content.
        3. No. Teen are NOT one book away from going on a rape spree. But if they have a continual diet of it. Than after a while…rape doesn’t sound so bad. You are what you fill your mind with.
        4. I don’t think mocking me is going to help your cause.
        5. Again it’s not for me decide but for teens and parents to look at ratings and to decide what THEY think is appropriate. It’s a tool not a LAW or censorship.
        6. You keep saying it’s for the individuals to decide along with parents; not ratings. Ratings won’t stop people from reading what they want to read. It is just a TOOL to use if you care about such things, for your children or yourself. I mean lots of parents let their children watch R-rated movies. But the only reason they do is because they think their children are ready. The R-ratings doesn’t stop anyone. Other than a minor which can’t see the movie in the theater UNLESS they are with a guardian.
        I’m sorry that you’re upset about this.
        I guess we can just AGREE to DISAGREE.
        God Bless,

        • Oyster

          Please, please, please don’t vote. Ever. Or do anything. Not until you get an education. I’m not even talking about grammar issues. Also, don’t bring your nonexistent god into this. 

          • Knights7

             Actually I have a education (like that would change my mind.) And so far all you could come up with after my response was insulting me with saying I’m an inferior non-educated person. You don’t even give me real FACTS that would prove me wrong; you just resort to insults.
            God is real. And He knows you and loves you.
             
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