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Children's right to engage in self-destructive behavior
should not be infringed, because it is beneficial from an evolutionary standpoint. It is best if the kids who have a tendency to harm themselves with, say, dangerous activities such as excessive hard drug use, and to not heed warnings of the risks, to get started as soon as possible wrecking their health and appearance, so that they can diminish their prospects of survival and reproduction early on. This way, those genes and memes that cause those behaviors can be weeded out more efficiently. Certain potentially self-destructive behaviors, such as smoking, engaged in by large numbers of children, so early on they are having to hide their behavior from their parents and other "authority" figures. It would be more healthy for parent-child relationships if the parents did not have to worry about the legal consequences of their children engaging in these behaviors. It would be ethically acceptable for parents to threaten to cut off support for a child if he were to continue harming himself, but it might merely compound the problem. (more...
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|"Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory." — Russell Brand .
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|The Paradigm of Innocence by Summerdays|
As an innocent child, I was weak and vulnerable — and I knew it. Experience, for me, is the path towards levity. Sure, life is hard, but it's so much easier when I know exactly what to expect. And what not to expect — like knowing, as a result of decades of firsthand experience, that there can be no inhuman monsters hiding in my closet waiting to eat me. And having enough of an understanding to justify not constantly worrying about the human monsters that may be hiding there, because I know the likelihood is so slim that it's not worth getting bothered about. Innocence is not the same thing to everyone, and it is not always a desirable state. (more...)
- Establishing competency: It's kinda shitty that it isn't possible to wait till a kid is at least a few years old, and capable of making at least a somewhat-informed decision about circumcision, without it already being too late to avoid certain medical complications if he wants to do it.
- Teenagers and parenting: Many people aged 13-17, termed teenagers, are characterized as going through a period of rebellion and revolt against those elder (parents, teachers, bosses).
- The Rebellious Stage: I guess we call it "The Rebellious Stage" because we don't know how else to explain it.
- Wikipedia's child protection policy: The English Wikipedia's child protection policy states, "Wikipedia regards the safety of children using the site as a key issue. Editors who attempt to use Wikipedia to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult–child relationships, who advocate inappropriate adult–child relationships on- or off-wiki (e.g. by expressing the view that inappropriate relationships are not harmful to children), or who identify themselves as pedophiles, will be blocked indefinitely."
- The policeman and the wine glass: A hot summer evening in my teenaged years.
- Why can't you just wait?: People often ask, Why do you have to have sex with a minor; why can't you instead wait till she turns 18, if you truly love her?
- "I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious, some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in control of their children's lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage. They want to believe that if their children don't read about it, their children won't know about it. And if they don't know about it, it won't happen." — Judy Blume talks about censorship.
- "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." — C.S. Lewis.
- "We can’t teach creativity, but we can drive it out of people through schooling that centres not on children’s own questions but on questions dictated by an imposed curriculum that operates as if all questions have one right answer and everyone must learn the same things." — Gray, Peter (12 January 2014). "Give childhood back to children". Independent Voices..
- "Children do not belong in school. They belong in the world – participating in it, and experiencing it. This is what learning is made of. Education is another means of learning, and is sometimes useful. Schooling may be useful for the professions, but certainly not for children. Children need to learn about the world, the universe, and everything in it. This cannot happen in a building cut off from reality – it takes place by experiencing reality and questioning. Between natural curiosity and constant exposure, together with access to those who can encourage questioning, provide answers when needed, and guide research, learning is a non-variable trait in children." — Joshua Katz (29 November 2013). "Schools are Obamacare for Children". LewRockwell.com..
- "Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list." — Lettie Cottin Pogrebin.
- "I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves." — C. Joybell C..