In the legal world, children lack some volitional and cognitive abilities. Similarly, seriously mentally-impaired adults are disqualified from exercising certain rights because they lack these qualities. However, children are unique in this respect, because we are all once children. It is these differences that make children so desirable. It is in their interest to be treated fairly, not punished, even in the face of crime or other untoward incidents. In addition, children deserve legal protection and fair trials in any case, including when they break the law. Prison should be the last resort for a child.
Classical literature is littered with examples of children’s literature, but they don’t represent the entire spectrum of young people. The child is often represented as a miniature adult, a partial reflection of its creator’s intentions. Less often, a child is represented as a whole, but some works, such as Tolstoy and Joyce, present the child in its entirety. In-round characterizations such as Twain’s Huck Finn and Maria Gripe’s Josephine, are exceptions. Generally, however, children are treated as types, not as people.
Despite the fact that children lack the capacity to exercise these rights, they are not without them. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) provides an exemplary statement of children’s rights using the language of positive rights. However, different forms of philosophical criticism have criticized this idea of children as holders of rights. In particular, some philosophers argue that the idea that children have rights is flawed because it denies children the right to self-determination.
A child’s rights come into their own when they become competent and capable of making decisions. As such, the rights of children should be accorded accordingly. But the problem of representation comes into play when children are denied the right to choose their representative. And there are many other legal and ethical issues involved. This article will look at some of these in more detail. So, let’s examine the legal aspects of children’s rights and the history of their rights.
A significant amount of commentary and criticism has been written about children’s literature. The subject has begun to shape aesthetic theory in some forms. Furthermore, children’s literature has spawned institutions like periodicals, theatres, and instruction in higher education. In the United States, literature about children has earned numerous awards, prizes, and associations. This has made children’s literature a highly significant part of American culture. Its significance extends beyond the borders of the United States.
Children are not morally abandoned, but their interests need to be balanced with those of other children. Parents should not always regard the interests of their own children as more important than the interests of others. The same goes for policy makers and care professionals. Therefore, the legal and moral standards surrounding children’s welfare must be considered. This is important for both children and their parents. But it also applies to the legal and moral standards for children in the United States. This is a vital topic for debate.