I never thought I’d be writing this. I’ve always been someone who’s erred more on the side of “it never did me any harm.” I actually feel slightly old writing this – sounding a little more like my dad each day.
But, I do believe kids access too much.
I remember my friends talking about Eminem’s album, The Marhsall Mathers LP back in… 2000? I was at primary school at the time and really wanted my own copy. We saw it whilst out one day and my dad told me I could buy it, but I had to wait until I was 11 to listen to it. He listened to it first, made me promise I wouldn’t listen to it with my brother (who’s younger than me), and I suspect even then he didn’t really want me to have it – I can’t remember if I waited until I was 11 to listen to it or not. Needless to say, I’m not sure it was entirely appropriate for an eleven year old all the same, even one who was pretty mature – but it never did me any harm.
I also remember watching Ali G and Austin Powers as a kid. Perhaps something that most parents at the time would’ve been slightly shocked that a child had seen. We had a Playstation and owned the first ever Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game.
But it never did me any harm.