Comedian George Carlin joked about the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” a social commentary back in the 1970s about the pitfalls of censorship.
Singling out those words seems quaint today, when just about any kind of uncensored content is easily accessible from mobile phones, tablets, or on less regulated cable and Internet TV or satellite radio.
Some see this free flow as a victory for freedom of expression in an uptight society. But many parents are finding it difficult to keep kids away from pop culture offerings they don’t consider age appropriate.
Filters on devices offer a partial solution. But some parents say they can’t shelter their children anymore and must confront the barrage with frank discussions. As one mother put it: “Talk, talk and more talk.”