Poetry and Short Story Reference Center
Material that appeared in Grade 6 search:
This 4-minute video demonstrates material available through Fox Ridge Middle School in Cherry Creek School District in Colorado (also available at other schools across US that have this product). The moderator typed in the search term “boys stories” (which young boys are likely to type in as they search of content tailored to their interests) which then displayed hundreds of recommended stories and poems, most of which included sexualized and pornographic content. A few examples are shown in the video. Below are still shots taken from the video.
Note that this same material is available to elementary schools if the schools subscribe to the Poetry and Short Story Reference Center as there is no difference or filtering between age levels. All content is available to all users, regardless of age.
Logged into EBSCO product Poetry and Short Story Reference Center and typed in search “boy’s stories,” thinking that it might be an innocent search term used by male students looking for relevant items to their interests.
Most of the stories and poems listed included sexualized and pornographic content. We randomly clicked on one story called “Derrick Mickelson’s Cuddle Bed for Wayward Boys.”
Here are screenshots from another random article we selected called, “Jeff Kendall’s Boys Come of Age”