Innocence

30-Day Bloggers Group:  November 7, 2013 Prompt:  How do you think we should protect young persons from seeing/learning the evils of life? Is it even something we should do? Is it even possible?

As my children were growing up, they were usually in bed by the time the nightly news came on, so it was easy enough to keep them isolated to a world of Barney, Elmo and the such.  As they grew older, I didn’t even bother to try to protect them from such things.  They sat and watched the news with my parents and me and we would discuss it.  Because of that I feel that my children are better capable of making appropriate decisions when it comes to choosing right from wrong.  They won’t be perfect at it every time (none of us are), but they are capable of reasoning out cause and effect.

Recently, in the news, they talked about a girl who committed suicide after being bullied by a fourteen-year-old girl and a twelve-year-old girl.  They discussed how it would be difficult to prosecute the twelve-year-old because she was “too young” to understand the effect of her actions.  I think this is a bunch of bull.  MY kids knew perfectly well the effect of their actions when they were twelve years old.  Age has absolutely nothing to do with it.  I’ve known plenty of thirty-year-olds who couldn’t reason out that their actions actually had consequences.  Does that mean that the thirty-year-old should get away with doing something that is wrong?

Sorry, I went off on a tangent there for a moment, but it really gets to me.  No, I don’t think that we should protect our children from all of the evils of life.  We should allow them to see it in appropriate doses and have open and honest discussions with them about it.  Otherwise they would not be able to function appropriately in society if they remain sheltered for too long.

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