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    Are Children Really innocent?

    I guess this thread stems on to the many other children thread there are -

    I've just finished a year of doing a children and youth literature course, and through out it there were many discussions about the portrayal as the 'Child as innocent'.

    Children these days are often seen as innocent, can do nothing wrong etc etc. We seem to want to hide them from the reality of life (death,wars, murder, rape, sex etc etc).

    So for example, one arguement that was brought up in class is how books have changed. Once open a time books told the harsh realities of life ( such as a book called Struwelpter which harshly told of what would happen to naughty boys and girls) today, books seems to hide realities of life with cute little fairies or dinosaurs.

    Also, the point was brought up that children too are also just humans capable of doing right or wrong.

    another example, we know of stories of children commiting serious crimes, some of them get away free with just a slap on the wrist, yet if an adult did the same thing, fines and jail would be the punishment.

    So my questions to AO:

    Why/ Why not are we hiding children from realities of the world and Should we be?

    Are children really innocent - why, why not?


    What about children who commit serious crimes? Should they get similar punishment to their adult conterparts?


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    btw these are nesecarily my views, just a start of a discussion, I shall add my bit later

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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    everyone is innocent for only a moment including the children. it just the matter of time for children to loose their innocent especially in this fast times and i can surely say most of them will turn out to be bad...really bad kids.
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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    I think children really do some things not understanding if that is bad, little children don't have such sence of right and wrong. I don't think children do bad things just to be bad, they are not evil, that comes with time- some people just find it's easier to live if you are using other people, lying to other people, sometimes... killing....


    I don't know about the other quiestion... There are things which you should hide and there are things witch you should not. It also deppends on how you tell them things...

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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    I think they r innocent til they got 2 year old, after that age GEEZ forget it...they may know more than their own grandparents... my nieces and my nephews defenily are not Innocent

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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    Interesting little topic you have here. Might have my little say if that's alright.

    I think they are innocent, as in they don't know how dangerous the world can be, nor know right from wrong until taught. I've heard of some kids actually having a strong sense of right & wrong from a very early age, but am yet to see that myself unfortunately. Apparently, fairy tales like the three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood & a few others were actually featuring nothing but humans as their cast when originally written, with none of the details left out at bed time.

    Today, in a world where real life bloodshed & horror is as close as the latest news update or internet click, it almost seem like some people are trying to wrap children in bubble wrap. I'm not saying don't protect them, heck there's a lot to protect them from, but some seem to take it too far.I'm not a parent myself, however I'm the oldest in our family & even before Dad died, we all watched out for each other. Heck, if my sister, the youngest & still a teen, should ever get into trouble with the rest of us around, she should be fine with a older brother who's a professional security guard, & I know how dangerous I can be in a fight...

    Personally, I think they are innocent & it'd be great to keep them that way forever in this at times dangerous world, but that's not gonna work in my eyes. Best you can do in my eyes, plus what I've been doing with my sister, is slowly introduce them to the world at a steady pace. Let them know what's going on, at a level that's about right for their age. Sure, there's details they won't be old enough to understand or that you don't want them to know too much about, but just try to be nice about it. "That's something you'll learn about when you're older" was something I said every now & again while my sister was younger, but I was never nasty about it. I guess it comes down to timing & location.

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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    childern are innocent to a certain extent. They need to be taught right or wrong before they can be considered guilty

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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    Quote Originally Posted by anime_being_god View Post
    childern are innocent to a certain extent. They need to be taught right or wrong before they can be considered guilty
    I agree with anime he has a great point you cant ask that cause it is how the kid is thought you can teach a kid how to kill someone and that doesnt make him innocent but it is not hes falt that he knows rigth form wrong.

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    Re: Are Children Really innocent?

    Quote Originally Posted by _gwenibe_ View Post
    So my questions to AO:

    Why/ Why not are we hiding children from realities of the world and Should we be?

    Are children really innocent - why, why not?


    What about children who commit serious crimes? Should they get similar punishment to their adult conterparts?

    Children are born innocent and their environment corrupts them. Children are like sponges; they absorb EVERYTHING, what the media throws at them, what their parents do, what their friends do.

    We shouldn't sugarcoat everything merely for the sake of our children. They will have to be disillusioned one day. However, we shouldn't bombard them with rape, murder, racism, etc. Gradual revelation is better.

    When children commit serious crimes, they should be punished in a similar, yet less weighty manner than their adult counterparts. Juvenile detention centres are already in place in some locations and - with supervision, naturally - they do quite well. I'm not saying give a child the death penalty (I'm against the death penalty, anyway), but the older the child the more capable he/she is of knowing WHY what they did was wrong and choosing it anyway.

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