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How Much Should Kids Know

It seems there are more and more books about sex, drugs, abuse, relationships and other "mature" topics geared towards teens and young adults. Should teenagers be learning about the world's issues through fiction books?

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 ---Marcy on 8/1/06
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Unfortunately the books being handed out to kindergarden children in California at this time are JAMMED PACK FULL of perversions, and REPROBATE teachings, that have been sickening me for months now, Girls in school, given MANDATORY HIV injections, Movie due out beginning December geared to small children, Golden Seal, written by an Atheist killing GOD in the movie, Producers movie is geared to INFECT small childrens minds to NOT BELEIVE IN GOD, AND TAKE HIM OUT...
---Whisper on 10/31/07

I think it depends on the child. Some children mature faster than others. Some children often ask questions, so a parent must be prepared to answer those questions, but answer in a way that fits the child's maturity level. I would rather have my children (when I have them) learn about things from me then learn it from others.
---Katie on 10/31/07

For several decades now people have been saying that children are told too much too soon and that, once they have information, they go out and experiment. It would appear that, from what we see in today's young people, that what my grandma said was true. However, in her day, I think young people were told the 'facts of life' far too late and entered marriage in total ignorance. We need a better balance but I don't think it will happen.
---M.P. on 7/6/07

NO...They should learn it through the bible first.
---ShawnM.T on 12/13/06

My parents told me nothing. I learned the facts of life as I went through them. Being an avid reader, I also developed ridiculous expectations of life through them. It has been quite a letdown over the years to learn that life is definitely not a romantic fairy tale. We went to church, but my parents never informed me about temptations I would face as a teen and young adult. I chose to do what my fictional heroines did. I got hurt a lot. I am very honest with my daughters!
---melissa on 8/2/06

Kids should know of life as soon as they can hear...the word of God. That wonderous book (Bible) has adventure, morals, violence, sex, love, hate, drama, & much more. Too much is read about the shall nots of life. Too little about how God teaches His people to live. Find scriptures for bedtime reading; or Holiday reading; or home-school lessons; etc. It is imperative that we as Christians arm our children with the whole armor of God. Don't hide the truth, share it in God's word.
---mikefl on 8/2/06

Children today have to face horrors that didn't even exist in my generation's early adulthood.
---Jack on 8/2/06

No children should not learn about such important issues through fiction books. The parents are responsible for telling children all that they need to know. If for some reason the parent/s are not adequately equipped to tell them, then the teachers at school should tell them. They have a right to know. Anything that a child does not know be guaranteed they will find out by themselves, which is definitely not the way to go.
---Helen_5378 on 8/1/06

When I was a teenager, I was ignorant of things like sexual abuse and drugs, and found myself abused and hooked on drugs by the time I was 16. Those things were not talked about. Had I known, I may have been able to protect myself and get help when it happened.

Ignorance is worse than knowledge. Parents need to discuss these things with their kids and guide them in the Word at the same time.
---Madison1101 on 8/1/06

It seems to me that kids are getting smarter and smarter these days. My seven year old grand son knows more words than I ever knew at that age! Big words!! I think it's kinda wonderful.
---sue on 8/1/06

Truth never hurt anybody. Ignorance is what does the damage.

Though such things should be found out in factual books and from the parents.
---Jack on 8/1/06

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