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At what age should a child be held accountable for their actions?

celticdragonfly 2010/03/31 17:29:10
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none of the above...let me explain
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I have been having a discussion with someone over this Jordan Brown kid...who allegedly killed his father's fiance. It seems some people don't think he was old enough to be held accountable. So I wondered...at what age do we become accountable for our actions?

I included a link to the story in case you are interested.

Read More: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/10/pennsylvania.y...

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  • lsm2244 2010/03/31 17:37:50
    under 5
    lsm2244
    +4
    They need to be taught that their actions have consequences from a young age. You don't bite, kick, hit, spit, bean other kids with blocks ect

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  • greeneeyore69 2010/11/10 20:44:54
    under 5
    greeneeyore69
    +1
    start the discipline early or you will regret it later!!!
  • Alphamale 2010/11/08 18:40:07
    under 5
    Alphamale
    +2
    as soon as possible
  • GridBurn 2010/10/26 08:46:34
    none of the above...let me explain
    GridBurn
    +1
    We should be accountable from the time we can communicate properly... However I don't think that's true for criminal accountability. I can't really say when someone should be held criminally accountable for their actions. I think it should be handled on a case by case basis with the biggest criteria being whether the child will be a future danger to him\herself or others.
  • LoneAnarchist 2010/10/25 16:38:06
    8 - 9
    LoneAnarchist
    +1
    when they end the toddler phase
  • gamman 2010/10/21 16:31:49
    under 5
    gamman
    +1
    by the time they walk they should know that good behavior may be rewarded and bad behavior will be punished (at an appropriate level for their age and circumstance)
  • Kaliki 2010/10/01 18:42:30
    under 5
    Kaliki
    +1
    You are never to young to learn right from wrong
  • EchoPsychotic 2010/06/11 22:25:57
    5 - 7
    EchoPsychotic
    +1
    As soon as they understand what "no" means. You can't punish a 5 year old for killing someone with juvi or anything but around there, even at 3, they understand what right and wrong is. Of course they won't know what's wrong until they are told it's wrong.
  • Sophie Liberty Griffin 2010/06/11 04:29:09
    none of the above...let me explain
    Sophie Liberty Griffin
    +1
    I think people need to be held accountable for they're actions from a young age, and parents need to be consistent with their child. If they do something wrong, you need to hold them accountable for it, so when they are older they know what the difference between right and wrong is and that they know how to make a good decision, and they know what happens afterward, good or bad. Basically it's just consistent parenting. But then again sometimes you cant stop some teens from being and airhead.
  • drowzie 2010/06/08 00:55:35
  • Katie 2010/06/07 18:28:49
    none of the above...let me explain
    Katie
    +1
    Pftt our parents can tell us as much as they like but its never gonna stop teenagers from kicking of at eachother. My parents tell me if they start a fight I fight back simple as -.- they say i can swear at school and at home but never say anything offensive to my parents.
  • ☆Nay nay☆ 2010/06/07 18:21:43
    none of the above...let me explain
    ☆Nay nay☆
    +1
    it doesnt matter what age it depend on how fast they matture
    if they know at three well at three so on and so on
  • wombat 2010/06/07 17:42:46
    12 - 13
    wombat
    +1
    as soon the puberty becomes a problem.
  • Laylah 2010/06/07 08:54:35
    under 5
    Laylah
    +1
    Well I think that they should get a little slap on the nappy from 1-2 so they know their boundries but I think you should explain to them when they can understand you why something is bold and why it shouldn't be done again and the age varies with each child.
  • I quit!!! 2010/06/06 20:12:25
    under 5
    I quit!!!
    +1
    There are many gentle and simple ways to begin early in a child’s life. There is no reason to wait. Be good example to them from the start and they will follow suit.

    Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
  • nessa456 2010/06/06 19:04:10
    12 - 13
    nessa456
    +1
    i think they already know what they r doing at that age
  • Hil 2010/06/06 18:28:10
    none of the above...let me explain
    Hil
    +1
    i think its different for each child u cant just lump them into one category
  • Bishop Hil 2010/06/06 18:29:47
    Bishop
    +2
    Sure you can, and the answer is at the age they know they will be punished for doing something wrong. If they know they can/will be punished for doing it then they know better.
  • KellyM 2010/06/06 17:46:57
    16 - 17
    KellyM
    +1
    Well ok now i do feel that kids should be taught that their actions have consequences from a young age so they know right from wrong!!!

    but i say from the age of 16 and older!! if the kid is old enough to get a job they are old enough to Drive they should be old enough if something happens they can be held accountable for their actions!! but no matter what Age the kid is if they commit murder or some other Crime like that then they should be held accountable for their actions also
  • Ambert 2010/06/06 15:37:12 (edited)
    under 5
    Ambert
    +1
    I say this because I can remember being 3 or 4 and getting in trouble for stuff, even then I knew right from wrong.
  • Master 2010/06/06 15:27:45
    5 - 7
    Master
    +1
    I knew what murder was by the time I was 5. There were plenty of people I wanted to kill but I never did because I thought I would have been accountable for my actions.
  • Firekitty ∞ijm♥G☮F♀U∞ 2010/06/06 15:19:25
    none of the above...let me explain
    Firekitty ∞ijm♥G☮F♀U∞
    +1
    When they are old enough to know better... right from wrong which I think would be about the age of 8 or 9
  • Saltwater Dude 2010/06/06 14:43:49
    under 5
    Saltwater Dude
    +1
    My answer is everything with a brain should be accountable for their actions no matter what age. Exception: pooping and peeing before that phase of training starts. We are really no different than a new puppy. You train them to some degree and at different levels from day one. And if you're lucky, they tire of the training and they haul ass at 18 so you can get some form of life back for yourself before you get too old to enjoy it.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2010/06/06 04:30:32
    under 5
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +2
    2 months!!! They must learn to change their diapers immediately...if you are going to poop in them, the consequence is you have to change yourself!!! :)
  • celticd... Bob, th... 2010/06/07 16:10:45
    celticdragonfly
    +1
    lol :^)
  • Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET 2010/06/06 03:03:30
    under 5
    Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET
    +3
    They need to be taught consistently at all or any age they are. I have known many kids even under 5 to con their way out of something or to not be responsible for something they are. If we teach kids its ok to do the wrong things when they are young they will do it as they get older. Most kids need an ass whoopin.

    I already know about this case and I think this kid deserves the same punishment anyone else would get for taking a life. He knew what he did. Come on people we are not this stupid are we.
  • Kathy 2010/06/06 00:02:23 (edited)
    12 - 13
    Kathy
    +2
    For the record, I choose none of the above, why it has 12-13 on there is anybody's guess. HEY, SODAHEAD,, WHATS UP WITH THIS?

    Depends on the crime.
    At what age do we know you DO NOT take a life?
    He's 12 years old, in my opinion he should be held accountable. He knows right from wrong. He didn't swipe a candy bar, he took a life and he'll do it again if he's not held accountable.
    Just my opinion, though I can find you articles that show where the old laws of a slap on the wrist let them kill again,
  • Starr 2010/06/05 22:36:49
    none of the above...let me explain
    Starr
    +3
    When they know the difference between right & wrong.
  • Just MEH....Piwan 2010/06/05 19:48:32 (edited)
    12 - 13
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +2
    About when higher reasoning starts in kids, I think.
  • Erica 2010/06/05 18:00:34
    18 and over
    Erica
    +1
    Depending on what they do.. a psychologist, one that focuses on children, can determine if a child can be held responsible. Rehabilitation of children is important..
  • Bella Black 2010/06/05 16:56:45
    under 5
    Bella Black
    +1
    Kids should always be punished for their mistakes. Maybe not as severe when they are really little, but enough for them to realize that they did something bad, because if a three year old gets away with murder and doesn't get punished at all, they're going to thinks its all right to kill people
  • Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥ 2010/06/05 16:26:47
    8 - 9
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    +1
    The beginning of accountability, but the parents are still responsible for the child's safety.
  • SA 2010/06/05 16:03:12
    none of the above...let me explain
    SA
    +1
    Children need to be taught the difference between right and wrong from a very YOUNG age. My young grandchildren are under 6 yrs old, and they know what is right or wrong.
  • Leah 2010/06/05 15:37:17
    under 5
    Leah
    +1
    from the very beginning. If they aren't held accountable for the little things, then they won't understand what the big deal is with the big things. That's where a lot of problems get started.
  • Miranda 2010/06/05 15:07:16
    12 - 13
    Miranda
    +1
    By the time child must know what is good and bad therefore he/she should be accountable for his/her actions
  • fettsviech 2010/06/05 14:25:10
    none of the above...let me explain
    fettsviech
    +1
    I don't really know how that all works with the rules. But I know that my mother was like the only boss for me, just bossing me around since I was 7. I had to clean the house, watch after my brother, learn for school and have to hear all hear explains in her "bad life". But I think it depends on what the kids did, what's real for the kids eye.
  • Dagon 2010/06/05 13:56:48
  • 10 - 11
    Lady Jules ♥♥ in Lestat I trust ♥♥
    +1
    By then I would hope a child would know right from wrong.
  • BlondieBrownEyes 2010/06/05 13:07:23
  • kmay 2010/06/05 13:07:08 (edited)
    none of the above...let me explain
    kmay
    +1
    Emotional maturity is not an age. They need to be taught and held accountable from the time they are toddlers. Time out etc.

    This boy is troubled and needed help. He acted out in the worse way. Throwing him in regular prison with perverts will not help him. Juvi prison until he is rehabilitated.
  • tagarooz 2010/06/05 12:37:47
    none of the above...let me explain
    tagarooz
    +3
    From birth.

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