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Kids at Cons?
« on: July 30, 2016, 09:53:50 pm »
Wouldent it be great if they made a furcon for the younger of us???  Like Only PG rated. It would be for any age of kids. My parents are unsure of me going to a con since there are adults there. Do you guys ever see kids there? I know that at Anthro-Con there are few kids there but, i've never been there so i dont know for sure xD. What Bout Cali Fur?
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2016, 02:47:42 pm »
I have went to a few cons myself, I bet it's different in Croatia, but everyone time you turned around, there was atleast one kid getting a hug from a giant fluffy fox or wolf.
But I get your point, it would be awesome if there was a convention that is targeted towards minors.
But the cons that exist today, are safe for minors to attend.
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2016, 03:45:52 pm »
Sounds like it could be very hard to maintain and a potential legal liability. Can you imagine trying to ensure the safety of an entire con full of kids? No easy task. It's sometimes hard enough to mod a forum with about a dozen teenage furries active at a time. x3

What I think you can do is make more cons more family friendly in general. Prioritize a good public image and discourage public displays of drunkenness and sexual/fetishy stuff. Some cons are more like this than others, but it would be great to see these attract younger furs and cater more towards teen-oriented stuff. :happy-deer:
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 08:56:53 am »
Sounds like it could be very hard to maintain and a potential legal liability. Can you imagine trying to ensure the safety of an entire con full of kids? No easy task. It's sometimes hard enough to mod a forum with about a dozen teenage furries active at a time. x3

What I think you can do is make more cons more family friendly in general. Prioritize a good public image and discourage public displays of drunkenness and sexual/fetishy stuff. Some cons are more like this than others, but it would be great to see these attract younger furs and cater more towards teen-oriented stuff. :happy-deer:
I have to agree with this xp
I also think having an area within a con where it is explicitly against rules to have any adult stuff in, or maybe an 18+ area for buying more sexual art or whatever that's away from the general meetup might be an interesting idea.
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2016, 10:16:10 am »
What if we did something like this??? It would be ages 6 - 14 years old!
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 11:34:19 am »
I know anime conventions here (in Sweden) discourage sexual acts (some conventions completely ban this, some of them is ok with it if you're discrete), and in general theres 18+ warnings on hentai and such, alcohol is strictly forbidden and it's a general nice environment for everyone! I think making furry conventions a little more AT LEAST pg13 would go a long way in inviting at least teenage furs.
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 07:38:51 pm »
Id have to agree on that only 13 so lol i shouldnt even know bout that but in some of the movies there is that stuff .3.
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2016, 10:55:03 pm »
Furry conventions should definately not be meant for anyone under the age of 13 at least. Young children should most definately not be allowed to attend them because of maturity issues. You also should note that most people don't come into the fandom until their early teenage years. Even then, it's not a great idea to concentrate a bunch of teenagers in one area. Some of the less mature convention such as Anthrocon do allow teenagers if they're with an adult from what I've heard. Several aspects of the furry fandom are mature though. That's why the conventions that do allow teenagers would prefer for them to have their parents there. Even at Anthrocon, there is some rather adult content. It's normally avoidable though. Please note though, I've never been to any furry convention. This is only based on videos I've watched and what I've heard in my four years with the fandom. You should investigate further for more accurate information.
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2016, 02:41:12 am »
I think they should separate by age group, 5-12, 13-18, 19+
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Re: Kids at Cons?
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2016, 12:10:21 pm »
I know anime conventions here (in Sweden) discourage sexual acts (some conventions completely ban this, some of them is ok with it if you're discrete), and in general theres 18+ warnings on hentai and such, alcohol is strictly forbidden and it's a general nice environment for everyone!

Well, contrary to what the media says, since cons are in public spaces, 18+ behavior is illegal anyways. Of course, people still behave badly--but if they're going to do that, they're gonna do it regardless of the age limit of the con anyways. Not something I agree with, but its just one of those things that's gonna happen regardless :/ But that goes for ANY convention, not just furcons.

The main reason a lot of cons are 18+ is just for liability reasons. If you're a minor and something happens at the con, the con and/or hotel would be held responsible and they obviously don't want that. At an all ages con, porn being sold has to be censored (at 18+ cons from what I've seen, people do it anyways just out of courtesy) but that's the main difference I can think of.

What I think you can do is make more cons more family friendly in general. Prioritize a good public image and discourage public displays of drunkenness and sexual/fetishy stuff. Some cons are more like this than others, but it would be great to see these attract younger furs and cater more towards teen-oriented stuff. :happy-deer:

Yes, I completely agree with this :lol-fox: Since becoming involved with FT, I've kinda made it my mission to present a more family-friendly image of the fandom. Even people within the fandom think its all sex, and try to keep minors out, and I don't think that's fair. We just need to work towards providing more PG spaces and being accepting of everyone, regardless of what they're in the fandom for.
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