Tuesday, November 24

What Children And Teenagers Think Of Politics And Political Issues

There are numerous things that both children and adults find exciting and amusing such as video and computer games like agario. On the other hand, there are things as well that may or may not appeal to adults but sooner or later would need to be taught or explained to children, such as politics.

In terms of having a talk with your children on matters that have to do with politics, you might think that they would rather prefer to be playing video or computers games, watch cartoons, or chat with their friends. You may, though, be mistaken.

Children and Teens are Aware of Politics and Political Issues

KidsHealth.org asked over 2,000 teenagers and children all over the United States regarding their thoughts concerning the presidential elections as well as if it and how it may affect them. The outcome was astonishing when asked if the result on a poll would change or affect their lives.  Amazingly, 79% of teenagers and 75% of children responded “yes” to that query. Approximately half of the surveyed teenagers stated certainty that they’ve had at some level influenced their parents on their choice of candidate. Hence, this shows that children and teens aren’t only interested and concerned about kids’ stuff.

During campaign season, campaign materials of political candidates are all everywhere, from bumper stickers, radio and TV ads, to online campaigns. Along with the campaigns is bombardment of messages on the whole enchilada, from the economy, health care, employments, climate change to the unending war.

We can’t deny the fact that our children, in some way and to a certain extent, would be influenced by this media onslaught. Teens who participated in a survey ranked issues that were frequently talked about and found that issues like education, food and gas prices, the environment, healthcare,  as well as  war were ranked “very important” to them.

Being aware of what your children think regarding these issues and concerns as well as how they feel about it and how it may affect everyone in the family is imperative.

Having a healthy discussion regarding such matters will help to promote and foster learning and enhance their critical thinking skills. Moreover, it will also be an opportunity to resolve misconceptions or false impressions your children might have or to appease and quite down any fears and uncertainties they might have about the future.