How Young is Too Young?

By Caragh Fisher

Nov 23, 2011 9:26am

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“20/20″ Reports on Extreme Kids, Airing Friday, November 25, 10 pm ET on ABC

Plus: A Four-Legged War Hero

How young is too young…to sailor around the world on your own? Should parents just say no to kids who want to do something so dangerous? Is a seven year old too young to be taught to hate? Is it ok for ten year old girls to dress in padded bras and dress sexy? “20/20″ correspondents report on extreme kids and the parents who allow, and even encourage them, to achieve their goals or do unconventional things at such an early age. “20/20″ airs on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network

Plus: The family of New Hampshire solider Justin Rollins made headlines when they launched a one-in-a-million rescue effort known as “Operation Hero” to bring home the stray puppy their son held in Iraq the night before he died in a roadside bomb.   The puppy, named Hero after Justin’s sacrifice for his country, has helped heal the family’s broken heart and made them smile again. Jay Schadler reports in collaboration with Animal Planet’s series “Saved.”

 

Extreme Kids:

How Young is Too Young to be Sexy: Items once intended only for adults – like padded bras, high heels and spa treatments – are now being marketed to girls in elementary school. And fashion models as young as 10 are made up to look like adult women. “20/20″ asks the experts: what is the effect of sexualizing young girls on our society and on the girls themselves? Andrea Canning reports.

Hatred: Bo Drain is just seven years old, but already he knows one thing for sure: all Americans who do not belong to his church are going to hell because our country tolerates homosexuality, abortion and divorce. His family is part of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals.  Members of the church bring their kids along as they go on dangerous demonstrations, picketing daily in Topeka, Kansas and across America, teaching them the message of intolerance from the earliest age. Is this too young to hate? Chris Cuomo reports. (OAD: 6/10)

Sailing Around the World: In an age where kids spend an average of seven hours in front of their TV’s and computers every day, a new generation of adventurous kids are instead heading out onto the open ocean to chase the title as “the youngest” to solo circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat. Chris Connelly reports. (OAD: 6/10)

            “20/20″ is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo. David Sloan is executive producer.

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