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  • the ones under 18 should be considered child

    27 39.71%
  • the ones under 14 should be considered child

    11 16.18%
  • the ones under 21 should be coınsidered child

    7 10.29%
  • the ones over 14 should be allowed to marry too

    4 5.88%
  • the ones under 14 or 15 shouldnt be allowed to have sex if they are child

    7 10.29%
  • they are not child if they have physical maturity

    1 1.47%
  • they need both emotional and physical maturity to have sex

    11 16.18%
  • it depends on individual differences

    14 20.59%
  • l dont care

    2 2.94%
  • others

    14 20.59%
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Thread: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    l was not a child when l was 15. l think l am clear enough..
    I wasn't a child when I was 13. By that age I tended to hang out more with the adults around me than with any of my peers. They were far too immature for me to waste my time with. Now, was I ready to engage in sexual activities at that age..... Not at all. I didn't have the experience or the understanding of how the act worked, nevermind the ability to deal with the potential consequences of the act. Was I ready when I did lose my virginity at age 17?.... NOPE. I thought I was, but I definitely wasn't.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I wasn't a child when I was 13. By that age I tended to hang out more with the adults around me than with any of my peers. They were far too immature for me to waste my time with. Now, was I ready to engage in sexual activities at that age..... Not at all. I didn't have the experience or the understanding of how the act worked, nevermind the ability to deal with the potential consequences of the act. Was I ready when I did lose my virginity at age 17?.... NOPE. I thought I was, but I definitely wasn't.
    l a m not saying you should do or not

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    What we expect from people of a certain age? Honestly, if that's the criteria then I would suggest the Age of Majority in America needs to be about Thirty; because we don't actually EXPECT anything out of anyone under that age in this country. We find more excuses for why the 16, 18, 21, 25, and older crowds shouldn't be held responsible for the decisions they've made and/or actually taking care of themselves. It's ridiculous.
    Of course they should be held responsible for certain decisions they make. We have to have age requirements that are reasonable though.

    Oh, and on the "protecting children and teens from predatory adults" front..... What's your plan for protecting adults from the predatory teenagers?
    Not sure what you're getting at here. No teenager could manipulate me. I wouldn't allow myself to be put into such a situation to begin with.


    I can actually agree with that idea, so long as we are willing to set it all at the HIGHEST standard, not the lowest. I'd suggest about 25 years old, considering the teens and twenty-somethings that I see around me a good deal of the time.
    Well I think that 18 is a good age because it gives a child enough time to grow up and complete a basic education, yet is still a reasonable age.

    Of course, you're entitled to disagree.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by medusa View Post
    many of them can understand ...................

    At least they know how to have sex

    children cant do it...
    lol. .

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Really, I'm surprised that you have taken this stance. And yes, you can compare it. A 16-year-old is only six years older than a 10 year old. How much life experience do you think they have acquired in that time? How much do you think a 16-year-old understands about actions and consequences?

    I wonder what you think about a 16-year-old being put into an adult prison system? What about a 16-year-old getting the death penalty? What is your opinion about a 40-year-old man having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl?

    I have a son that just turned 17. At 16 he was VASTLY more mature and rational than he was at 10.... the difference was not merely one of degree, but an entire paradigm shift in the quantity and quality of his ability to understand the realities of life, apply reason to problems, and project the future consequences of his actions. Indeed, I could safely say he is almost a different person, fundamentally, than he was at age 10.

    Still didn't want him having sex at 16, of course.... but making it a crime for someone older to have consensual sex with him at 16 still seems a bit harsh to me even though it is my own kid we're talking about here. I'd be pissed off, sure... but applying the SAME criminal penalties to that as to raping a 10yo? Hell no! If someone had sexually abused him at age 10 I'd kill them. If, OTOH, some 25yo girl slept with him and it was HIS idea that would piss me off but it isn't the same thing as raping a 10yo!

    As for putting a 16yo in adult prison or executing them, under certain special circumstances I could accept that. A 16yo should have enough sense not to murder or rape people; if they don't there has either been a serious flaw in their upbringing or they went WAY wrong and aren't fit to be loose in society for sure.

    Sure, some 16yo's are blithering idiots... but they shouldn't be. Mine wasn't. Probably because I expected and insisted on better out of him.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    lol. .
    we have no right to blame the others for own own mistakes
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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Oh, and on the "protecting children and teens from predatory adults" front..... What's your plan for protecting adults from the predatory teenagers?

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    Exactly. These days there are teenage girls whose age is not easily determined. I've seen some of the girls my son goes to school with and some of them at 15 could have claimed to be 22 and I would have believed them.

    And some of them WILL and DO entice men in the 20s and even 30s and LIE about their age. Seen it....

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    It depends. People mature at different speeds.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    I mean seriously... one could say that a 20yo is just six years older than a 14yo so they should be treated the same???

    Um no... a LOT of maturing goes on between 14 and 20, just as a LOT of maturing goes on between 10 and 16.


    Raping a 10yo and having consensual sex with a 16yo just isn't the same thing, deserving of the same penalty... not even CLOSE.

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    Re: at what age should teenagers be considered adult ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I have a son that just turned 17. At 16 he was VASTLY more mature and rational than he was at 10.... the difference was not merely one of degree, but an entire paradigm shift in the quantity and quality of his ability to understand the realities of life, apply reason to problems, and project the future consequences of his actions. Indeed, I could safely say he is almost a different person, fundamentally, than he was at age 10.

    Still didn't want him having sex at 16, of course.... but making it a crime for someone older to have consensual sex with him at 16 still seems a bit harsh to me even though it is my own kid we're talking about here. I'd be pissed off, sure... but applying the SAME criminal penalties to that as to raping a 10yo? Hell no! If someone had sexually abused him at age 10 I'd kill them. If, OTOH, some 25yo girl slept with him and it was HIS idea that would piss me off but it isn't the same thing as raping a 10yo!

    As for putting a 16yo in adult prison or executing them, under certain special circumstances I could accept that. A 16yo should have enough sense not to murder or rape people; if they don't there has either been a serious flaw in their upbringing or they went WAY wrong and aren't fit to be loose in society for sure.

    Sure, some 16yo's are blithering idiots... but they shouldn't be. Mine wasn't. Probably because I expected and insisted on better out of him.
    Well, in reality the sentencing is different. They are split up. It is considered a MORE serious crime when one molests a child under 14 for example in a lot of states. I'll bet if you did a little more research into the statutory rape and child molestation laws in your state, you would see that they do split up the penalty phases.

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