Censorship aims at controlling and regulating what people, in general, hear and see, thereby indirectly influencing what they do.
The violence many adolescents exhibit nowadays has been attributed to what they have been exposed to, especially from the television. The expression ‘garbage in, garbage out’ can be used to buttress this point. Whatever one feeds one’s mind with stays and has been confirmed, through researches, to affect one’s actions and thinking. To avoid situations in which minds of young people, who are meant to be the leaders of tomorrow, are infiltrated with negative things, censorship is mandatory.
A few years ago, a teenager in the United States of America, out of anger, began shooting in a certain part of town and in the process killed many innocent people, including children. He was arrested and an investigation was carried out to find out the reason for his action. It was discovered that he often watched violent action movies which involved the use of guns, knives, and even physical strength to kill people. He came from a broken home and so became frustrated with life. What he had fed his mind with – violence, was what came to him to exhibit. If his mother, who was his guardian at the time, had taken time to censor what he was watching or listening to, such a tragedy will never have taken place.
I remember receiving a book from my elementary school as a reward for doing well in a certain subject. Innocently, I began reading the book until I stumbled upon a certain part that contained information on sex which was inappropriate for me at that time. I showed the section to my parents immediately and they ceased the book and called the school, advising that they proofread books before giving them to pupils. Thankfully, I have not been adversely affected by what I read. However, if the book had landed in the hands of another child, the story could have been different.
Censorship is indeed of essence. In fact, it is the solution to not a few of the problems that we encounter in our society today.