Questions tagged [children]

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Teenage Revolution: How to overthrow parental dictatorship worldwide? [closed]

Setting: Earth 2020. Young people are sick of parental suppression, worldwide. They develop a vastly different understanding of social principles, compared to their parental generation. They can´t ...
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Could a species that practices maternal dermatophagy develop sapience?

To preface, this is a hypothetical alien creature unrelated to Earth life. I want my aliens to have a mechanism similar to some caecilians, where upon giving birth, the mother grows a layer of ...
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How can I oversee the logistics of a sinister operation that operate under one umbrella organization?

800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S., roughly 2,000 a day. The majority of these kids are abducted by a species known as the Lamia, creatures masquerading as humans who kidnap ...
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Where are all the non-aquatic mouthbrooders?

Some fish mouthbrood. Some amphibians mouthbrood. Crocodilians carry their babies in their mouths to water. Is there a reason why there are no instances (that I know of) of terrestrial animals that ...
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If a boy was tattooed on his back, would the tattoo more-or-less sruvive into adulthood intact? [closed]

If a child, say, a white, ten year old boy, got a big tattoo on his upper back (read: shoulder to shoulder), would it change a lot as the child grew into adulthood? Since the early-ish industrial ...
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Military Training from Toddler Age

I saw this question, but mine is slightly different. Could a hyper militaristic society get better soldiers by training all children from when they are toddlers? They would be put in state-run ...
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Chores and tasks suitable to younger children [closed]

This is a follow up to an earlier question about a post apocalyptic ‘civilization’ created only from those under sixteen, and not many of them. Thus, anyone who can work is needed. What tasks might be ...
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Age ratio of kids to start a new civilisation

My question is this. With basic supplies and relatively little technology, what ages should I include in my post-apocalyptic situation of creating a new sort of country? And, how many of each age ...
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What can a bunch of American kids teach ancient Egyptians? [closed]

18 children (ages 2-14) travel from a small American town in 1995 to the year 1312 BCE in ancient Egypt. They stay with Jewish slaves in their village (the structure is more serfs than slaves) for 9 ...
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Why would boarding school be mandatory?

In a society where everyone receives equal education regardless of who they are, why would they all have to go to a boarding school, rather than a public school? This is at no extra cost to the ...
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How would a child with a thousand years of experience behave?

Here's one to ponder: what would an immortal eight-year-old be like after one thousand years? In most stories involving immortality, the immortals are fully formed adults. When those stories do ...
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Could a Civilization be made With Children as the Leaders? [duplicate]

This question keeps coming to me from my son. He wonders if a civilization could be built around young leaders, with the primary citizens being youth as well. The idea that he has excludes grownups ...
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Children are abandoned on a planet, but why? [closed]

My story is set in the relatively far future of 3812 AD. Humanity has united under one country and spread out across the stars. While there are protests of government corruption and separatists ...
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Creating a new society by children

I am trying to write a TV series based on the ""virus kill all adults" popular premise. The difference is that it should be very realistic and based on research in biology, sociology etc. The ...
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What would the psychological effects be on a child who grew up knowing they could never really get hurt?

(This question goes more in depth from a previous question.) Imagine This: The "Black Box" is a mind vault for a few humans who created it, the humans wanting to survive a nuclear war happening on ...
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Should gender be revealed early for a healthy child? [closed]

My Keplerians are externally gender neutral for 5 years. Now genetic testing will reveal gender but they don't do routine genetic testing. Obviously if a young Keplerian goes to the doctor due to ...
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Increasing the Survival Rate of Multiple Births? [closed]

Historically, multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) are less likely to survive under circumstances of high infant mortality, what might change that so at least one tends to survive?
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How would adults refer to a giant monster to children if they are trying to hide its existence

In my fantasy world, a massive kaiju-like creature awakens wreaking havoc about the empire. So, in a desperate attempt to preserve life, the royals and a few lucky bunch take refuge in a massive ...
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Chest sling in cradle hold? [closed]

I have seen lots of different baby carrying methods including: Arms alone Chest carrier in upright position Back carrier in upright position Carrying a car seat and rarely: Chest sling in cradle ...
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How to raise children in space? [closed]

How can we raise babies and have them survive/thrive, assuming: They are conceived/gestated/and raised completely by bio/mechanical means in a spaceship/submarine (no contact with the outside world) ...
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What would be the effects of raising all children with step-parents? [closed]

In a fantasy society with a caste system, children are brought to a temple on a specific date in the year. This happens at the earliest when the child is weaned, but for parents in remote locations ...
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How would a girl that has never encountered the concept of pregnancy react to giving birth?

The title pretty much explains it all. Theoretical background: There is a psychologic concept called automatic thinking. Those thoughts can be either functional or not. We assume here just that this ...
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Would humanity survive an empty Earth suddenly populated with young children?

Scenario: An Earth that is identical to our own (for the sake of being specific let's say the environment is the same as it was in 1 BCE) The planet is uninhabited by humans (and no there aren't ...
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Child custody in world where 3 partners required for reproduction [closed]

Imagine a world with intelligent beings [intelligence equal to human beings]. In general things are like here on Earth, except there are 3 partners required for reproduction [e.g. one sex with the ...
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No formula, what to do? [closed]

My Kepler Bb people don't have formula and in fact my much higher tech Kepler B# people don't have formula either. So when they have babies it is for the baby a breastfeed or die situation. No matter ...
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How would childhood be affected by the fact that babies are born with the knowledge of an average adult?

My question is simple: In a world where babies are born with the knowledge of an average adult, what would happen to the childhood of the child? For example, how would this affect the learning of ...
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How advanced could a civilization controlled by small children become?

Suppose there was a disease which didn't destroy humanity, but which mentally crippled all humans over the age of 10, rendering them incapable of mental activity beyond the level achievable by rabbits....
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Would a human culture that developed in a world where audio recording was straightforward also develop written language?

Possible situations where this might happen: Early human culture develops in a situation where audio recording and recall is straightforward - perhaps in a place where there is an abundance of tame ...
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What if parents didn't “own” their children?

Passage of the Childhood Ownership Act of 20X8 Bob has finally made it to a position of power as a rich white male in the First World after hundreds of lives as a powerless child. He has used his ...