From: Daily Mail

Research shows toddlers understand right from wrong at just 19 months

Daily Mail:

Children know the difference between right and wrong before they reach the age of two, according to new research published today.

Scientists have found that babies aged between 19 and 21 months understand fairness and can apply it in different situations.

They say it is the first time that having a sense of fairness has been identified in children at such a young age.

Researchers say babies will watch a scene for longer if they think it contains something unfair, so in two experiments the tots were timed on how long they watched a live scenario about fairness.

In the first, 19-month-olds saw two giraffe puppets given either a toy each or both toys to one of the giraffes.

Longer looking times indicated that something was odd or unexpected to the baby. In this experiment, three-quarters of the infants looked longer when one giraffe got both toys.

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Comments

What does The Bible say about child knowing water from milk, That sins are held against them or is that Scripture?

does this mean that children at the age of 10 know what they are doing?

I hope so

My baby boy is only 16 months old but I know that he knows right from wrong. He will do something wrong on purpose, like hurt me or pinch me, and then kiss me better. I believe he knows he’s doing something wrong, then the kiss is to make it right. He is testing the waters of right and wrong and even fixing a wrong. They understand right from wrong by 16 months easily, well mine does anyway. There are other ways in which he proves this to me but this is just one example.

Agreed. This was the same for my daughter at 15 months. She’d watch me as she’d throw something on the ground and then after we’d stare each other down she’d go pick it up saying “no no”.

Must children have parents in order to know what’s morally wrong or right? Can’t they develop a moral compass through their surrounding and unconsciousness?


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