“We should empower parents to protect their own children from sexually explicit content in schools.” – Sen. Ryan Aument
The problem: In the past year I have been contacted by parents concerned with inappropriate content in their children’s school curriculum and library books.
The evidence: In examples right here in Pennsylvania, parents have identified books and assignments that contain graphic sexually explicit content that adults would be prohibited from viewing while at work.
The solution: I’ve introduced legislation that would empower parents to shield their children from this graphic content by allowing them to control what only their own children are able to view in school.
This proposal is NOT a book ban.
Nearly all content has ratings: Movies, video games, music, and TV shows all have ratings to warn viewers of potentially sensitive content.
- Streaming platforms have parental control options: Many of the platforms to access these shows, games, and music also have parental control options so young children don’t have unrestricted access to graphic content.
- Library books in schools are unrestricted: Yet, these books are freely available without parental knowledge or consent in public school libraries and classrooms for children of all ages to access with ease.
Conclusion: We must work together to find a bipartisan solution that honors parents, considers impacts to teachers and schools, and protects children from all backgrounds.
Senate Bill 7 would require schools to:
✔ Identify sexually explicit content in school curriculum, materials, and books.
✔ Create an opt-in policy that would:
- Notify parents of the sexually explicit content by including a list of the book titles on the form.
- Give parents the opportunity to review the materials.
- Require parents to give direct consent for their children to be provided or have access to sexually explicit content.
✔ Provide the child with a non-explicit alternatives if their parents do not opt-in.
Senate Bill 7 would NOT:
Ban any books from any school curriculum or library.
Read more about Senate Bill 7 here.
For some examples of sexually explicit content found in Pennsylvania school libraries and curriculum, adult readers can, at their own discretion, review the dedicated webpage here which contains unedited quotes and blurred copies of the original images.
October 3, 2022 – Voters Against Obscene Books in Public Schools
October 12, 2022 – Outrage Was Reasonable in the Case of Drag Show at Local High School
October 3, 2023 – Senate Hearing to Showcase Sexually Explicit Content in PA Schools
October 24, 2023 – Senate Passes Bill to Settle Issue of Sexually Explicit Content in School