Should music videos be censored to protect our youth?

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Many of the music videos produced today and watched by kids are not appropriate. The values they contain are often very negative. They focus on unrealistic and negative values, however, we do live in a free country that is based on freedom of expression! So what do you think, should music videos be censored? Should we be sheltering our youth from these negative influences? Or, should we allow freedom of expression and the right to view this inappropriate content?

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15 thoughts on “Should music videos be censored to protect our youth?

    Dylan said:
    January 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Today’s music videos contain inappropriate things, but I believe they should not be banned because of these reasons. I think that music videos should not be censored.
    I believe we as a society should not censor music videos because we should be able to choose what we want to watch on YouTube or MTV. Even though some videos are bad or inappropriate but we will know eventually when we turn 11 we will know that drug use is not acceptable.
    My second reason is for example say your kid/child was the main person on the music video, would you be upset or proud? In my opinion I would be proud because my child has a talent that most people don’t and that he or she is on Television! And that the child is expressing themselves.
    Some people think music videos should be banned or censored. But if you don’t like the video but like the song then don’t watch the video to the music but if you don’t like the music and video then be the bigger person and don’t watch or listen to either. Don’t start a petition to ban the video because some people like the video.
    However, some people think that music video should be banned for sexual things like naked people but that’s the only time I would agree that we should ban those types of videos.
    In conclusion, I believe that music videos should not be banned.
    By Dylan

    crystal said:
    January 12, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Music Videos
    Today, some music videos have things that kids might like and think that are okay and are fun and cool too do, when really they are the exact opposite. I think that music videos should be censored.
    I think this because we need to protect the youth. Youth should not be watching music videos because, if they watch music videos, and they are having a good time and saying that drugs are okay, they will start too think that too. They will also want to act and be like them.
    Another reason I think this is because, youth and people don’t follow parental guidance. Parental guidance is very important to follow, but a lot of people choose not to follow it, and the video that they watch can have drugs, and other things that shouldn’t be used in videos.
    The last reason I think this is because it is and can be, inappropriate. Some people don’t realize that when they make a video, it has to be okay for everyone to watch, and not just for them or adults. They also show some things that should not be shown to a kids eye.
    Overall, I think that music videos should be banned because they can be inappropriate, and have bad things that youth should not be able to watch.
    -Crystal

      Troy said:
      January 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Music videos
      Lots of today’s music videos have inappropriate values, scenes, and bad messages that are inappropriate for kids. Many people think music videos should be banned. I disagree music videos should not be banned. Artists need to be able to express themselves. Telling them they can’t write a song or music video about something is like telling a painter they can’t paint something. Something you think is bad could really mean something or represent something in their life or other things.
      Another good reason is you have the freedom of choice. If you don’t want your child or yourself to watch inappropriate music videos, you can filter what you watch. There are settings on YouTube and the Internet that are made to protect you and filter your content. You can choose not to watch it but some people want to so it’s your choice.
      Also children need to be exposed. If they see it in a video and learn its bad they won’t be clueless and not know to stay away if they see it in real life. It’s definitely bad but it still happens and we have to learn about it. As long as the right people are teaching them that it’s bad. (For example, drugs, smoking, violence, swearing).
      And lastly we have the freedom of speech. If we have the freedom to say what we want shouldn’t musicians be able to say what they want?
      This is what I think about censorship on music videos. I hope I changed your opinion on censorship.
      By Troy

    Seija said:
    January 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    My thoughts on censoring music videos:
    I think bad videos should be banned because Conformity, Protection of youth, Parental guidance and because of Religious beliefs.
    Conformity, doing drugs, drinking alcohol, violence and other bad stuff during a music video is bad for little kids because there too little to know about that kind of stuff until there like 13 years old or something.
    Protection of youth, the kids who watch those videos should stop because they don’t need to know about that stuff. It’s the parent’s job to protect their children or whoever is looking over them.
    Parental guidance, the parents should give their kids parental guidance because some of the stuff that they are watching isn’t safe for them to watch.
    Religious beliefs, some kids are watching stuff that they think are real but they aren’t real but they think it is real and they might try it for themselves and that’s bad.
    So that’s why I think some bad music videos should be censored from young children

    -Seija

    Jayden said:
    January 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Arguments with and against censorship to music videos

    Music videos can present bad and inappropriate images to younglings that are 15- (- means below). Arguments for music video censorship.
    Usually music videos offer negative effects to young ones and that stuff is like using girls as objects and showing us drug use etc. Also, some people who are kids who watch rap videos all the time might say: If he is a gangster rapper, I will become one then!

    Music videos also show us girls are useless objects and are there to just impress the boys.
    Music videos will also show drug use and stuff that people 15- do not need to be seeing at all like stuff making us go rampage and crazy and make us jealous of others because they get to go somewhere while you are stuck in your house.

    Here are the arguments against music video censorship!
    We live in a free country and we should have the freedom of choice on what to watch, make, or do (but not going rampage).

    Certain music videos are educational to the younglings and are designed for school use and home schooling use.

    Some music videos are designed for people who are in between 5 and 18 and also for schools to use to educate the school children and preteens.

    Overall, some music videos should be banned or certain parts to be banned from the young to see, like the girls being used as objects etc. etc. so mostly I think music videos should be banned kin-da mostly should not be banned at the same time, so I am not to, to sure.

    Seija said:
    January 12, 2016 at 11:59 am

    My thoughts on censoring music videos:
    I think bad videos should be banned because Conformity, Protection of youth, Parental guidance and because of Religious beliefs.
    Conformity, doing drugs, drinking alcohol, violence and other bad stuff during a music video is bad for little kids because there too little to know about that kind of stuff until there like 13 years old or something.
    Protection of youth, the kids who watch those videos should stop because they don’t need to know about that stuff. It’s the parent’s job to protect their children or whoever is looking over them.
    Parental guidance, the parents should give their kids parental guidance because some of the stuff that they are watching isn’t safe for them to watch.
    Religious beliefs, some kids are watching stuff that they think are real but they aren’t real but they think it is real and they might try it for themselves and that’s bad.
    So that’s why I think some bad music videos should be censored from young children

    -Seija

    Alec said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Why people should and shouldn’t ban music videos
    I think music videos don’t need to be censored because some videos don’t have bad parts in the video. Like most videos now a days have really bad scenes in the video.
    I think music videos do need to be censored because they Sometimes have inappropriate scenes like swears or any other bad images. Sometimes music videos have the use of drugs or drinks and another reason why they need to be censored because they are bad for kids minds.
    I think they shouldn’t censore some music videos because some videos people make they don’t put bad scenes in there videos or drugs or swear words etc.
    Some music videos shouldn’t be banned because they don’t have bad words in the songs
    This is why I think they shouldn’t ban music videos.

    – Alec 

    austin said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I think music videos should be censored/ band because of these reasons.
    My first reason is they send negative messages to the youth. If they watch music videos that the artist is showing that there famous and rich the youth will think they have to be like them. (Also to be a gangster)
    My second reason is violence. If the youth watch music videos that are violent they will become violent, mean, aggressive and rude. Also they will keep on watching over and over.
    My third is drug use. When kids see that their favorite artists do drugs they think it is cool so they would do drugs later in their life. (Teenage times)
    These are the reasons why I think music videos should be banned from whatever there on.

    jacqueline said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Today’s music videos contain inappropriate values; I think bad videos should be banned.
    Because parents don’t know what kids are watching on the internet. And some music videos have an influence on some people like say if you saw a music video the singer will dress like there rich.
    Also some watch the same music videos over and over again where to the point they start acting like the person who sings the song. Some videos talk about different cultures in some music videos that are offensive.
    lastly some kids when there really young accidently watch something there not supposed to and get it stuck in there head.
    And when the little kids watch that they might think that if the singers can do it they can do it but half of the music videos are fake!
    I think they should be banned because some videos are bad for kids.

    taylor said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Today’s music, videos contain violence, values messages, that are not appropriate or do not represent our society today. It maybe might interfere with religion so maybe we should ban it until a certain age or it will ban you from watching these hateful things. We have freedom of choice we should be able to censor a video if we want to because it is inappropriate.
    Some guys and girls have no belief’s so they should not ban them because maybe you want to download it then boom you can’t it has been banned also if you’re not supposed to be watching it let your parents watch it to say if it is ok then you watch . we should have a choice because of freedom of choice well so we can’t ban this is a free country and freedom of speech we all should be able to see a banned video
    I couldn’t make up my mind if I’m for or against censorship so hopefuly you can make up your mind

      liette said:
      January 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      My thoughts on censoring videos
      I think videos should be censored because there could be bad stuff in the videos you’re watching and your parents might not know what you’re watching when they find out you can get in a lot of trouble.
      People that are religious might take the videos offensive and they don’t want the kids to watch videos like that because they might think it’s ok to do stuff like that.
      Parents that are very protective want their kids to watch those kind of videos because in videos some people try to kill other people or they do drugs and all that.
      But on the other hand I don’t think videos should be censored because freedom of speech people should be able to watch what they want to watch without people telling them what to do.
      People should be able to do what they want because people don’t want other people to tell them what to do so people shouldn’t tell people what they can or can’t watch.
      Over all I still don’t know for sure if videos should be censored or not

      By Liette

    cayla said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Today’s music videos contain inappropriate values, scenes and messages that do not represent our society. Should we let our youth watch these age inappropriate videos without any censorship?
    One of the reasons why we should have censorship because some parents are protective and what if they don’t want their kid to see violence and other stuff.
    Another one of the reason is because some people give out the wrong message. Kids might think it ok to murder someone because their favorite star has done it in the video.
    Those are the arguments for censorship. Now here are the arguments against censorship
    Artist need to be able to express themselves. So what if someone wants to show sell out their body it doesn’t really affect us in some physical matter.
    Also, our country is a free country. If we don’t have a free then people would leave and we would have less population.
    From the above these are the reason why we shouldn’t have censorship.

    kearra said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Should we have censorship?
    Today’s music videos contain inappropriate values, scenes and messages that do not represent our society. Should we let our youth watch these age inappropriate videos without any censorship?
    We should protect our youth because kids might this bad stuff is ok to do like violence, sex, drugs, and alcohol they would think its ok and cool to do so we should protect them and make sure they know what they are watching and let them know is just a video and its fake.
    Music videos mostly don’t show real life they just show kids that they are very rich and wealthy and grew up in a very good home also 98% of the time they don’t display the reality and they show kids hoe real life looks like.
    Also in most music videos they are telling kids they have to look like them in so way and they show if you don’t have a life like them then your not a real boy/girl and kids do believe that they have to look like that and act like that also live like that but really they need to know that it’s just a video and the singer is just being like that to sell the song or album.
    Those are the arguments for censorship however, there are lots for no censorship like, freedom of expression kids sometime of the same feeling as the song not the video just the lyrics like the song stressed out so if the videos are banned so would the lyrics.
    Also there is freedom of speech kids should be able to watch what they want when they want because we might just like the lyrics not the video and most older kids only listen to the lyrics not watch the video.
    Also there is freedom of choice because kids get older ever year and learn ever day so we should be able to watch what we want.
    So from the above what do you think we should have no censorship or we should have censorship for music videos?
    -Kearra

    Layne said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Music videos
    Most of today’s music videos contain inappropriate values, scenes and messages that do not represent our society. People think that music videos should be banned. I agree that some music videos should be banned.
    One reason is that people in the video might do bad stuff and young children might think it’s okay to do bad stuff like drugs.
    My second reason is parental guidance isn’t working so the government has to do it for them by censoring it.
    My third reason is that music videos are fake and some children can think its real and do something dangerous.
    My last reason is that they give bad morals. A lot of music videos make bad choices that can effect your morals.
    This is what I think about music videos.

    keith said:
    January 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Today music videos are just messed up the songs two messed up and the people who make the music messed up everything is what they say inapproiate the way they dress like not euogh
    Clothes d
    Dress in unaffordable clothes

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