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posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 08:08 AM
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I have written a thread about age on ATS and so have others.I wanted to know
if it is possible for kids' to have their own forum on ATS,like ATS jr.? Like ages
8-12 and when they mature some,graduate to the regular ATS.

With topics that would be suitable for young,growing minds.Like,science,history,
space exploration,ecology,local and global news,poetry,story writing,reviewing
the latest movies and videos, boy and girl scout type survival...
I would like to hear from kids' their opinions of religion and not their parents.
I would rather have kids' here,than in front of the tv or video games.They could
learn debating skills,properly starting a thread and posting,reading and exploring
the world through their young eyes.

If it is possible for something like ATSjr., to be a reality I would volunteer to help.




posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 08:46 AM
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Originally posted by mamabeth
I have written a thread about age on ATS and so have others.I wanted to know
if it is possible for kids' to have their own forum on ATS,like ATS jr.? Like ages
8-12 and when they mature some,graduate to the regular ATS.

With topics that would be suitable for young,growing minds.Like,science,history,
space exploration,ecology,local and global news,poetry,story writing,reviewing
the latest movies and videos, boy and girl scout type survival...
I would like to hear from kids' their opinions of religion and not their parents.
I would rather have kids' here,than in front of the tv or video games.They could
learn debating skills,properly starting a thread and posting,reading and exploring
the world through their young eyes.

If it is possible for something like ATSjr., to be a reality I would volunteer to help.



my opinion is that this is the type of information which is unsuitable for kids.
as is disinformation.
just my personal opinion and although imay be stoking a debate i really wish to have no part of this one.
peace

[edit on 7-1-2010 by IandEye]



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 08:48 AM
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I am of the opinion that you are never to young to learn anything. Censoring because of age is fear-based/control nonsense.



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 08:53 AM
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Socrates was forced to drink the hemlock because he was accused of 'poisoning the minds of youth'.

A preposterous injustice.

Sugar coating truth is no education.



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 08:54 AM
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I think it’s a fantastic idea


The only problem I see would be the logistics involved in running it. ATS would have to make sure that the people involved in its running (Mods etc...) are heavily vetted to prevent any form of abuse or misuse of position.

A sad reality of the modern world.

However, if it could be done, I would encourage my kids to go on it and open their minds.

There are many kids sites that are focussed on general empty air head chit chat... this my help to balance it out a bit.

My daughter now has her first computer in her bedroom. She is ten (a very intelligent ten) and my wife was worried about what she might be exposed to. However I have installed a very good web protection application that has locked down her internet usage and enable me to monitor what sites she has visited.

I realise my daughter is entitled to privacy, however, i have explained all of this to her and she understands that it is necessary and the reasons for it.

There is so much dodgy stuff on the internet that Children need to be protected from I would urge all parents to consider this option if allowing the children access to the internet!

Anyway... flag for great idea


Although i'm not sure if it is feasible



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by IandEye

(list from what was originally posted by mamabeth)
science,
history,
space exploration,
ecology,
local and global news,
poetry,
story writing,
reviewing the latest movies and videos,
boy and girl scout type survival...
I would like to hear from kids' their opinions of religion,
debating skills,
properly starting a thread and posting,
reading,
exploring the world through their young eyes.

my opinion is that this is the type of information which is unsuitable for kids.
as is disinformation.


Well that was unexpected.
Would you like to specify exactly which type of information from Mamabeth's list you find unsuitable or children, and why?

Or don't you want children exposed to any of the things listed?



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:00 AM
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Originally posted by mamabeth
...With topics that would be suitable for young,growing minds.Like,science,history,
space exploration,ecology,local and global news,poetry,story writing,reviewing
the latest movies and videos, boy and girl scout type survival...


All that stuff's here already, minus the Jonas Brothers, which is probably a good thing.

Peace



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:09 AM
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Originally posted by CSquared288
I am of the opinion that you are never to young to learn anything. Censoring because of age is fear-based/control nonsense.


I'm guessing you don’t have children.

That is a typical comment from someone who does not understand the unconditional love that a parent has for a child and the natural instinct to protect that child.

Would you think it is OK for a child to have access to Pornography, Snuff movies, Suicide websites etc...??

I really don’t mean to offend you or come across is brash but if you do think it’s ok for Children to access this material, in my opinion, you need help!

I guess I’ve slightly taken offence to your comment due to the fact that it is inadvertently attacking my parenting skills.

I believe that censorship, of what children have access to, is very necessary. As they get older you can lower the restrictions. This is due to their mind maturing and the child becoming mentally equipped to deal with more adult issues!


CX

posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:14 AM
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I think it's a good idea, but i would imagine it would be an nightmare to moderate, it wouldn't just be a case of adding another section of the forum.

My kids (well the eldest who is 12) uses ATS sometimes, mainly looking at the parts of the forum outlined above, but even then she is supervised. By that i don't mean i'm in the house somewhere, i mean i will be sat right here with her.

Strict? Maybe, but i know that she's one click away from some particulary graphic subjects at times which would freak her out. As adults we can often cope with that, but kids tend to worry about the strangest things, and what is petty to us, will be keeping them up and worrying when they should be enjoying life.

So to be honest, i'm happy as it is, use the existing ATS but monitored.

The educational subjects such as the above mentioned are fine, but i think theres a very fine line when it comes to teaching young children about conspiracies.

When you see the paranoia and the changes in some personalities here since joing the site, theres no way i'n having my kids heads messed up like that whilst they are happy. Don't get me wrong though, i do tell them bits, but at their level.

CX.



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:16 AM
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Yes.. Lets get the kids all cynical about the NWO before they have childhood innocents kicked out of them anyway... Who needs a childhood full of magic and wonder when you can have depopulation shoved down your throat....



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:29 AM
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reply to post by Selahobed
 


I think that’s the point of a children’s ATS... to prevent access to the more harmful adult material but still give children a forum to develop and voice their own theories about the world that they live in!!



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:31 AM
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reply to post by Dr Love
 


.....a very good thing indeed.





posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:36 AM
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Yeah, maybe from the creative aspect your right, and maybe some lessons on socratic reasoning too.. They surely dont get taught THAT in schools... Funny how schools never teach you how to think... Maybe it IS a good idea after all...



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 09:49 AM
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Is there a reason this nonsense can't be addressed on the same thread as this nonsense?


[edit on 7 Jan 2010 by schrodingers dog]



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 10:10 AM
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The last thing we need is weaboo kids talking about call of duty and anime, turning ATS into a bad GAIA ONLINE board. If kids want to join ATS, cool, but understand that they are bound to the same rules as everyone else.



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 10:38 AM
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A great idea, getting kids to look at the world in a more critical way versus taking everything at face value.

...and based on the degree at which we have all had to make compromises here to be "family friendly", this is definitely a workable addition and it wouldn't require any new mods. All the most uptight/censoring mods could all go over to Jr.ATS and work their sanitizing magic... in turn freeing us up here to talk like adults about more adult-orientated topics. A win win opportunity for everyone.



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:20 PM
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I can see a couple of threads now:

Working for an allowance,DEBUNKED!

Easter Bunny is a mind control tool of The Parents That Be !

Broccoli linked to frontal lobe prion disorder.




posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:31 PM
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Impossible for it to work. As was said in the other similar thread, there is no way of knowing who is a kid and who is not a kid. Sadly, people lie and are not always as they claim or appear to be. Adults would still go to the "kids" board and kids would still come to the "adult" board.

Wont work. Period.

Kids are welcomed here, just as much as the adults. Let the parents of the kids be held responsible for what their kids are doing.


 




All the most uptight/censoring mods


All the MODS work TOGETHER. We work as a team and all actions taken, all complaints/alerts made by members - are discussed amongst staff.

Back to the topic.....

[edit on January 7th 2010 by greeneyedleo]



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 03:39 PM
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If kids are smart enough to find this forum and can participate and contribute in a respectful and intelligent manner, then they have all the right in the world to be here. They should be here, you should hear their voices, and they should hear yours. That's how people learn and develop.

I see no reason why a kid should be prohibited or discouraged from this forum unless they are not abiding by the rules that every other member is required and expected to adhere to. I don't think they should have any other rules or restrictions that are not already placed on all members.



posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 06:32 PM
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Originally posted by CSquared288
I am of the opinion that you are never to young to learn anything. Censoring because of age is fear-based/control nonsense.
Your opinion is wrong.
Everything that goes into the mind of a developing child needs to be carefully chosen, and delivered correctly.




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