How much importance should we place on the innocence of children?

Yup. And what good does it do to try to hide the truth about life and reality from children? It’s practically child abuse. Particularly the prudes who try to pretend sex doesn’t exist and end up with a pregnant 13-year-old daughter who had no idea how life works.

There’s a difference between unfiltered truth and age appropriate information. All kids are different and I think what is considered age appropriate is flexible.

What age should kids learn about sex? Is that the same age they should learn about 2 girls and 1 cup? I’m going to say no to that. Kids are not adults and there is no sense in pretending that they have the same capacity for understanding as adults, or even as other children at other ages.

It all depends on specific situations there is no blanket answer. My parents divorced when I was 10 and my Mom didn’t make very much money, during an already sad period for me she then constantly told me for years that we had no money and were on the verge of losing our house and being homeless, she was dumping all her financial stress on a child that didn’t know how to handle that information and for years I lived in constant fear that we would lose everything and be homeless. I certainly wish I had been shielded from that reality as it served absolutely no purpose other than to upset me because I didn’t understand the problem and had no control over it. We never lost the house either so it was really unnecessary.

Also my Mom would repeatedly tell me how my Dad was an alcoholic and how he had constantly cheated on my Mother when they were married and other sordid things he did. These things were true but I didn’t have the emotional maturity to deal with all this information, it really just hurt me more than anything.

Should a 10-year-old be taught where babies come from? Sure.

Should a 10-year-old be viewing hardcore porn? No.

Should a 10-year-old be taught nothing about the human reproductive & sex drives? No.

There is a continuum, there are infinite shades of grey.

At least 50.

USA doesn’t define legal drinking age or age of consent, the states do. All states made the drinking age 21 eventually because they were pretty much blackmailed into it by the feds but age of consent still varies. 18 is just the upper limit, and limit for things like legally being in porn or whatnot.

Have they?

When I was in elementary school, a lot of people still thought that if you shook hands with a homosexual you might get AIDS and die. When my mother was in elementary school, racially integrated public schools were still controversial. A few years later she got to hear the death count from Vietnam on the news every night. Oh yeah, and the president was assassinated. And then there was the Cold War…

I could go on, but even the most basic grasp of history should be enough to make it obvious that death, violence, bigotry, etc. existed before the present day. For much of history children were if anything less sheltered from this sort of thing than they are now.

no kidding. this was in Macon, Georgia, in 1909:

little kids having to work amongst dangerous machinery.