Hmm I guess it's up to the parents to be as unbiased as possible and also to encourage them to read about any issues that they are very interested in. I think our way of parenting is encourage the kids to ask questions about the world that they live in. We won't always agree but issues should always be open for discussion. I think it's also important to let the kids know when you are explaining things that it is your point of view. Here I have seen many occasions and my children have experienced many occasions where they come home and say that another child has said that they are saying is right and any other view is wrong. Especially when kids reach the stage to be curious about these things it is very important to ask them to think about things from the perspective of many different poeple.
NEVER! Politics is horrid. Not to say I dont pay attention... I do... Im good, i vote and everything. I even do a little research on the different policies of the parties and make a good informed decision. But as for engaging in politics? Never!
On the other hand, if its something you are actually interested in (unlike me!) then its never too early. As for being able to distinguish between what is true and whats not, thats more difficult. I know many adults who are not capable of this. Maybe focus on the issues themselves, rather than the different political opinions on them? That way you can form your own opinion rather than being swayed by what political parties think.
I think any age is a good age to start thinking about the issues but only if the kids are really interested. When my older son was 8 ... last year he wrote a letter to Obama. He doesn't really watch the news but if he hears us discuss something and he is curious we explain things to him in a way that he can understand.
Thanks for the answer but what troubles me is the information that these kinds may recieve (no offense intended). It could be biased, lies, etc... I'm just curious how can kids make that distinction between the truth and lies. Do you have an idea?
Thanks in advance
Thanks :) appreciate the answer!