Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Novels and literature capture in subtle detail the full gamut, not just of the full range of the human experience, but also our contemporary realities. This precisely why in all grades in public education, we expose them to literature, that they can experience for themselves the growth and learning we get from reading fiction, because to understand fiction is to understand the underlying reality it portrays. Further, fiction gives kids an opportunity
to ask real, deep questions about our societies, our cultures, our moralities, our histories, our realities that is safer and more mutually neutral than confronting these same kinds of issue in real life. Novels can critique and explain reality in ways lectures simply can not.
I believe in protecting but not sheltering children. After all, no family is an island and kids are not stupid. We can't honestly expect to shelter them from the ills of our societies unless we literally shelter them, and that is not exactly healthy or even necessarily Christian (see John 17:16-18; Mark 16:15-16). I mean no disrespect to parents out there, but we all need to be a bit honest with ourselves and have a bit of a sense of humor about some things too. If we shelter our kids from reading, learning, and experiencing certain things for themselves, we are also blocking some opportunities for spiritual growth, development, and maturation. We can raise our kids righteously without having to keep them in a bubble.
This is also not to accuse folks of anything or directed at any posters here specifically, rather these are just my general thoughts regarding children's exposure to certain kinds of literature and censorship around children in general. Me personally, I believe in being totally honest with kids and letting the cards fall where they fall, after all, kids are people too and their often some of the brightest people I meet and know
"You can't blame the youth of today, no and you can't fool them." Peter Tosh