Survey: Do you still consider a teenager a child or not? why?

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  • Edna
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    6 months ago
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    It's not what I consider a teenager to be - it's what the law considers a teenager to be. A teenager is legally considered to be a minor child until he's 18 years old. When he's 18, he'll be a legal adult. He won't legally be a "full" adult until he's 21 years old.

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    • Edna
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      2 months agoReport

      John P:  In the US, an 18-yr.-old legal adult isn't a 'full' adult because he won't have all the legal responsibilities and privileges of a full adult until he's 21 years old.

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  • 5 months ago

    Yes a teen is still a child. Our brains don't even finish developing until we are in our mid-20's.

    And teens aren't worldly, have little life experience. Life experience comes with each passing year and most of our valuable life experience comes after we are independent and on our own.

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  • 6 months ago

    Of course. Until you are 21, the law and science both say you are a child. I have never met a single teenager who looked or acted like an adult. Never.

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  • Robert
    Lv 4
    6 months ago

    I have a few teenagers that work for me though I would never call them a child because its kind of demoralizing, I tend to call them young men and women. My son is my child and he is about to turn 13 in another week, I need to start practicing calling him young man.

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  • 7 months ago

    Yes a teenager is still a child.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    no best answer after 5 day? UP YOURS!

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  • 7 months ago

    Yes I do consider that a child still

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  • edward
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    7 months ago

    Only kids i see as 16 and younger. I see 17 as grown enough, at that point they should’ve been thinking smart by then. I don’t see 17 year olds in children’s emergency, they go directly to adults, theres a reason for that

    • edward
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      6 months agoReport

      I agree but that is the way that my hospital does things. The reason? They are physically adults

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  • 7 months ago

    technically, no. intellectually--maybe, maybe not. i'm fifteen and i know for a fact that i'm mature than many kids my age, but definitely less than some as well. i feel like i would define a child as someone who lacks experience. thinks that they know everything. has this sense of entitlement, are more focused on themselves rather than others, are more idealistic than practical, etc. maybe a bit transparent, and don't have a personality formed. or sets of views aligned. one that forms their opinions based on what others say as opposed to their own. things like that.

    think they have people figured out. or that they know the things one has experienced over the course of their life to make snap judgments about. not willing to take responsibility for their actions nor think that they should. thinking everything is black and white. having high expectations for people. or even expecting people to bend over backwards for you for no reason. taking things for granted. declaring that you're right about everything, and being condescending/intolerant of people that hold different opinions than you (and since there are many adults that act/think exactly like this, i'd probably consider them child-like too)

    and after one reaches a point where they can take a step back, and realize they don't know everything that they think they do, and will listen to what people have to say, are questionable, respectful/accepting towards others for the way they choose to go about their life and the decisions that they make(as long as they're not hurting anyone). become more open minded, and gain experience, and an understanding of the way the world works and it's harsh reality, (life isn't fair, you can't always get what you want, etc) then i wouldn't consider them a child. some are forced into it though. the way i thought last year was much different than how i think now, and it changes all the time.

    i look at myself when i was 12/13ish and how great things were, but how i was also naive and unprepared for how sh!tty things were soon going to become. so i feel like as one ages, some get slightly more pretentious because they look at people younger than them and assume that they know just as much as they did when they were that same age (which to them was absolutely nothing compared to the things they know now). and then become astonished to find that they really know just as much as they do, despite their age. and i don't think they'd look at them as a child anymore. so age gaps make sense to me in that context, but i can also see how one could easily be taken advantage of as well.

    • John P
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      Early teens - definitely some mental aspects of child-like behaviour. In the UK and in many countries, full legal adult status comes at 18 (was 21 until the late 1960s in the UK).

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  • 7 months ago

    Yes except 18 and 19 cause at 18 you are considered a young adult. But of course they can still do childish things, well all adults can.

  • 7 months ago

    Yes....I consider a 22 year old a child.

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