My husband and I took our children (7, 3, and 1) to the library for the first time a few days ago. When we first walked into the children's section (it's own room off the rest of the library) I noticed that there were computers along the wall with teenagers surfing the web, seemed a little weird but I didn't think much of it and passed right by. We played for a while and read some books in the back and then my kids went over to the couch directly across from computers to play with some toys and read the other books. We had been there for a minute reading when I looked up and saw that one of the teens was watching a Marilyn Manson video on youtube that seemed to be mostly tight shots of women's butts in thongs and fishnets. It also seemed to include people licking and rubbing each other. It was quite shocking to me to see this playing right over my children's heads (thank goodness they were facing me and not the computers!) and right at their eye level. I got up and took my kids back to the area we were in before and my husband went and talked to the librarian. She said it's a public library and they can really only restrict so much . We grabbed our books and went out to the main desk to check out. We told the librarian out there about it and she was pretty disgusted and agreed that the computers in the kids area should not be open to that sort of thing. She said she would talk to the branch manager, gave me her number and we've been playing phone tag ever since. I won't go back there as long as the set up remains the same, we don't watch tv specifically because of that type of thing and I won't allow my kids to be exposed to it, but I am curious about what other parents think about this. No one else seemed to notice or care, or seemed to have complained before...... so is this just expected at the library???
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4/9/10 at 10:18pm