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learning right from wrong

what age do children usely learn whats right or wrong in the eyes of the law
In Topics: Teen issues, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Dec 1, 2010
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From a very early age, children can learn right from wrong. It is an ongoing process of teaching, disciplining and providing positive role models.  As they grow older, the child will transfer the lessons learned from their parents and family such as sharing and treating others with respect, to more complex issues such as what is legal and not legal. Again, this teaching does not end, it continues throughout childhood and adolescence. But then the people doing the teaching are not just the parents, they are their schools, the media and their peers. This definitely complicates things, but if the child had a good start it will make a big difference.

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aqblickley
aqblickley writes:
Hi there,

Great question! That's a tough one. Determining right from wrong comes with maturity, but even young kids can understand the basics.

In the eyes of the law, I would say that teens are expected to know what's right and wrong, but they are not considered adults (and do not receive adult penalties) until the age of 18.

Alex
> 60 days ago

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