Education of Children with Legal Culture – Is This the Best Protection Against Abuses?

In the clutter of so many online discussions about threatening phenomena for infants, occurring through games that appear in the kids’ movies online, Yesterday I was reading an article published in US. In short, article was saying that such phenomena can not be fought by isolating children from the virtual world or by telling to kids “This is MOMO character. Be careful when you see him, do not listen what is saying”. Experts felt that both these actions spurred the child desire to run to these dangerous stuff. Not to forget about child’s friends, who have access to such things and use them as means to bully other children. Experts recommended for parents to educate their children that these phenomena are false, thus giving the child a strong weapon for the future when they may face other similar phenomena.

The article provoked my thoughts and somehow disturbed me, as it was not clear for me how can I educate my 5 years old son about the fake news going around. How could a child of his age distinguish truth from lies in kids’ movies, while such movies are full of ‘strange’ characters, not necessarily dangerous? It was emphasized in the article that myself as parent should not trust anyone?! How can I scare and break my child in by telling him not to trust anyone and anything? This would make him to shut himself and will not be able to explore the world freely. Distracted by these thoughts, I was talking to my sister about these issues, and she told me her theory for education of children about the good and the bad, the truth and the lie, the falsity and the bullying.

Her theory was: the child’s education about these phenomena should start from educating the child with legal culture. I know it sounds a bit odd how can a 5 years old child learn the laws. But I kept listening to her until I started to understand her ideas clearly. Children have their rights that derived from the laws and the constitution. These rights protect them (children) from almost any abuse. Education should start precisely by teaching their legal rights to children. By doing so, children start to realize that no one has the right to abuse them (physically or psychologically), and that they should not accept such abuses to happen to them, as they know such things are punishable by law. Children should also learn that things prohibited by law should be denounced, and denunciation begins with talking to family members. This would make the children more open to express their problems not only through the drawings, but also by articulating them.

Once they are educated with their rights, children are also ready to learn their obligations, what they should and should not do. I think this is a great way to reduce bullying as a phenomenon and to reduce abuses of any kind. But to make this happen, parents in the first place need to learn the laws by themselves. How informed are parents about their children’s legal rights? Do the justice institutions recognize children legal rights and accept them?

Apparently our generation’s most important duty is to change ourselves, in order to be able to protect our children and to raise them strong and full of self-confidence. This is not a simple, considering the fact that our parents have been educated us with the force of fear and lack of information. This makes the challenge of children education, perhaps the utmost challenge for any parent, regardless of their social position or top positions in their jobs. Do you think these ideas for children education apply in practice? What else can we do as parents to protect and educate our children, so they do not become victims of abuses? Please share your opinion via your valuable comments. If you think this article is interesting and worthwhile, please do not forget to share it with your friends and followers on social networks.

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