Should parents monitor their kids’ reading and watching habits?

A double murder in Lucknow city rocked the nation last month. Besides the grisly nature of the crime itself, it shocked many that the teenage girl — who allegedly gunned down her mother and brother — was purportedly inspired by a character featuring in a novel by Japanese author Osamu Dazai.

Children are impressionable. Some, if not all, live out their fantasies mainly through the content they consume on the internet, on television, and in the books they read. A child’s formative years — and all the way up to teenage — are crucial, since they shape their personality. As such, does it become important for parents to monitor what they are reading, watching, and are generally exposed to? And how can they successfully do it, without coming across as overbearing and overprotective?


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