and although my post was some what riddled with lazy and careless grammar errors, your post, allows me to highlight the point which i was trying to make.
But i wont re-post the post.
It sounds like you understood what i was trying to portray regardless of my spelling/grammer.
If theirs something on any given forums in which one is obliged to comment on, in this case small grammar misrepresentations.
Then in order to "decode"/ "interpret" that sometimes cryptic and even unknown knowledge or information, a mature sense of logic
and reasoning is needed. If that mature sense or mature logic is not used when commenting upon any post , then the post made in comment
of my post ( for example) may be misconstrued. As my post also could have been misconstrued by others,but those with mature logic and mature
mental capabilities are able to correctly interpret unknown knowledge or information and receive the correct message/knowledge portrayed
or projected through words.
Though not all people underage are capable of correctly interpreting knowledge or information on the internet, their are some that are and some
that can contribute great things to a number of other things. But because a lot can not, in order to prevent stunted knowledge and further misinterpretations
of a post , some forums put age restrictions.
Speaking of nuances, what you mentioned about interpreting knowledge is something that is gained as one gets older and more mature through actually participating in conversation and learning those nuances through experiences. Kids just don't have that, and often don't have the ability just yet to understand why using something with an especially strong, negative underlying meaning (using racial/homophobic slurs, etc.) is a bad idea. They can and will learn, but... it can be problematic when they're in that phase of thinking they're totally on the same level as adults, yanno!
I forgot that "Too young to post?" actually translates in Swedish to "Ludwig gets anal-retentive about other users' typing on the Internet." -- how could I possibly forget something that important? That's a very common phrase, isn't it?
So you're right, let me rephrase myself -- some people don't learn enough to make a significant difference.
It's the parent's fault for not monitoring their kids activity on the internet, sites should not have to have age restrictions. This all based on the same theory for not having video game ratings: the government cannot simply determine that a child of 'x' age has reached maturity 'y' to be able to handle the content. Everyone matures differently and consequently can handle different things slightly before or after a peer.
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This is a tricky question because I can see both sides. On the one hand, I don't want to be like parents saying THINK OF THE CHILDREN OH GOD THEIR POOR LITTLE MINDS, but on the other many forums get into more adult topics that kids might not be ready for. On another forum (one I actually post on far more frequently), the mods banned a poster when they found out she was only 11. In this case it made a lot of sense because the forum sometimes has fairly frank discussions about sex, and tons of sex jokes. Here, it kind of seems like people of any age can be welcome. I mean, I'd hope so, anyway, it's an effing Pokemon forum.
I am in the cyber security field and privacy is a big issue right now. Do Not Track is a huge piece of legislation that is being pushed through Congress right now. Basically meaning you cannot track the activities of what an individual does under a certain age.
The internet is a funny place, and kids growing up are so connected to the internet with all of their devices. Every one has their own cell phone. I think kids are too well connected these days, and the world has become a tougher place because of it.
I'm only 27 but the world a decade ago was definitely a completely different place, and 20 years ago? Geez, I have stories lol.
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I believe that if you're able to handle other people's opinion and criticism, then you should be allowed to post on a internet forum.
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Lol, lying will always happen.
When I was like 9 I lied and put my age as 13 when I joined Neopets.
I regret nothing.
Although, that was Neopets and nothing explicit was slipping through the cracks there.
I enjoy Serebii and all the innuendo lurking around.
I joined Serebii Forums when I was 8. Let's look back at history and see what I was like when I first discovered, "forums".
My first ever post
My first ever club.
Trying to predict the English names of the 4th Gen Pokemon.
My first ever comic.
My first ever forum game.
As you can see, I was a bit of a noob at first but I did just fine. I think it's more of on how intelligent you are, rather than your age.
I support the fact that websites put in an age restriction. I know that it's easy to lie, but then again, it's a parent's job to monitor this stuff. And I've seen parents actually creating their 10 year old's Facebook page. And then, those children turn around and "friend" their parents friends. What does that teach the child? That it's ok to break the rules and lie.
I was already a teenager by the time the Internet made its way to my area (that's what happens when you live in the boonies) and the things I did back then (at 15 years old) were totally irresponsible, and if I could go back, I would never do half the things I did.
While we may not agree with it, age restrictions are put in place for a reason.
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I think they shouldn't be denied because people think kids are too young to be being on open public forums, but I think there should be an age restriction because of immature little kids thinking they are pro-trolls or something, not that that will change anything because they lie about it anyways.
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There isn't much you can do to keep children off the internet by putting age restrictions on things since they can easily be bypassed most of the time.
You can't judge someone's maturity or responsibility from their age, at least not with teenagers. And adults could be immature and irresponsible too.
So there is a lot of inappropriate stuff for kids on the web, but the internet is also a great place to learn. Because I know that I learnt a lot from the internet and by being on Serebii. I was twelve when I joined here and it was absolutely horrendous. I went and posted terrible sprite artwork, couldn't take criticism, got into some discussion with someone and my posts hurt to look at with all the mistakes and capitals everywhere. (At least I wasn't a troll.) But the internet is how learnt English, which is not my native language. I have a lot of knowledge from reading around here and today, two and a half years later, I still feel like I have some advantage over other people in my class that are actually older than me. And that's thanks to things I've read and come across on the internet over the years. I'm better at taking criticism nowadays, too. Hopefully.
Still, age restrictions should be there in some cases, absolutely at sites with explicit content. And even when anyone can lie about it, it's at least a warning. It's ridiculous that some parents just let really young children on the internet, though..
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I can see advatages and disadvantages to it. I mean, it could keep people safe and all that crap, but sometimes some of the smartest comments come from some of the younger people.
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