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Introduction to Politics
If you're afraid that your tween isn't ready to handle the heavy-duty world of politics, put those fears aside. Experts in the field of political science say children should be regularly exposed to opinions, issues and political figures on both sides. One of the worst things a parent can do for their child's future as a citizen is to shy away from politics.
David Campbell is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and the father of two children, ages nine and eleven. Campbell says the best way to give kids a healthy understanding of politics is by showing them to the fun side of politics through high-drama campaigns such as the upcoming presidential race. "Competition is interesting. It draws us all in," he says. Here's a list of his suggestions for parents on how to whet those political appetites.