But reality is, there are children that are dealing with lifes horrors, children who see war, famine, rape, murder. I think children grasp more than what people think they do. They just need help with dealing with it and understand the reasons why. I suppose if a child grew up all rosey, there would be no need. But should we hide children from issues like terrorism, climate change, sexual predators, pedophilea? I'm not saying tell them the whole lot, but, should we not tell them that there are people out there who do bad things? We say we are protecting them by not telling them, but for the last two examples I mentioned, should we not tell them that there are bad people out there, hence stay away from stangers?
And why hide the truth of whats happening in the world? Why should they not learn that wars happen? I mean, we seem fine to tell them that WW2 happen and encourage them to participate in Rememberance/ ANZAC day ceremonies, yet we want to hide them from issues such as terrorsim and current wars?
Actually this reminds me of an article I read a while back (sorry, have no references to it T_T) talking of a book that came out whose underlying message was of teaching children the dangers of child predators or something the like. Some thought it was a good idea, others slammed it.
I would think that by introducing these issues to children, through books, or more likely through their questions ( and answered correctly/appropriately) would help eliminate any fear that they do and be even more optimistic about there own lives. I mean, what do children think when they see the news ? But please, any parents out there, feel free to disagree/agree, I know for a fact that knowing about it would be different if one was a parent ^_^;;