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    Children's time, bodies, choices, diets etc etc are all controlled by their parents - they hold very little free will and are highly dependant on their parents and thus must obey
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    Well legally children have fewer rights or abilities (like buying alcohol, accepting tesco deliveries, consenting to sex or medical procedures). But that's usually reasonable because they are not developed enough to take on those responsibilities or understand the situation fully.
    Children also get some extra care. It's expected that they are provided for by an adult or care service, they can get certain products and services for free (including prescriptions and education), they get shorter sentencing for any criminal activities and their record wiped as an adult (as far as I'm aware).
    People tend to look out for them and be willing to help them or give them the benefit of the doubt if they do anything wrong.

    Adults have a lot more rights and abilities, but also more responsibilities and less of that looking out for them. It's often assume that adults are or should be fully equipped and knowledgeable on things and there is less support and less free stuff for them.
    In some cases that is entirely reasonable, but in some cases adults are not fully equipped through no fault of their own and they can find it hard to find somebody who is understanding or supportive.

    Then you have teenagers who can often get the worst of both worlds. They haven't reached those extra abilities yet, but have lost a lot of the childhood ones. They are expected to be responsible despite having no experience and little teaching on the matter. They are often automatically seen as rude or disrespectful.

    That's just a brief look at things and my view on things, but I hope it helps with whatever you need.
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    Children are viewed more as things to own (property of their parent) with limited choices.
    Children are taken less seriously than adults in what they say and are usually ignored because of this - there is no weight behind what they say.
    However, in some situations, children are chosen over adults, in cases of abortion for example. An unborn child seems to be viewed as more important than the adult mother. Child murders also seem to cause people more distress than adult murders, suggesting that their lives are worth more than adults.
    People seem to view children as innocent and naive, when there have been plenty of children who have murdered and seemed far more advanced than their age, so they tend to treat them like they don't know much, when really, children can be very intuitive.

    These are not my opinions, just observations.


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    Well legally children have fewer rights or abilities (like buying alcohol, accepting tesco deliveries, consenting to sex or medical procedures). But that's usually reasonable because they are not developed enough to take on those responsibilities or understand the situation fully.
    Children also get some extra care. It's expected that they are provided for by an adult or care service, they can get certain products and services for free (including prescriptions and education), they get shorter sentencing for any criminal activities and their record wiped as an adult (as far as I'm aware).
    People tend to look out for them and be willing to help them or give them the benefit of the doubt if they do anything wrong.

    Adults have a lot more rights and abilities, but also more responsibilities and less of that looking out for them. It's often assume that adults are or should be fully equipped and knowledgeable on things and there is less support and less free stuff for them.
    In some cases that is entirely reasonable, but in some cases adults are not fully equipped through no fault of their own and they can find it hard to find somebody who is understanding or supportive.

    Then you have teenagers who can often get the worst of both worlds. They haven't reached those extra abilities yet, but have lost a lot of the childhood ones. They are expected to be responsible despite having no experience and little teaching on the matter. They are often automatically seen as rude or disrespectful.

    That's just a brief look at things and my view on things, but I hope it helps with whatever you need.
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    Oh the children being an extension of parents is an interesting thing. People will often ignore abusive or inappropriate behaviours by parents because it's "not their place" to judge another person's parenting.
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