Discourse is a concept used to understand childhood. Main points about childhood. childhood. as a social construct. What do we believe about childhood? impressionable, play, honest, na ve, trusting, curious, vulnerable, learning, innocence. Jean jacques rousseau: although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. Children born into the world good, children had a special connection to nature. 19th century expansion to middle and working classes. People foster and pro-long the innocence that children posses. E. g. fostering and prolonging: some consequences or effects, protecting children. Protect children from sex education to remain innocent. May not allow children to play alone outside because they are young and seen as vulnerable. What might be some concerns with idealizing childhood innocence: unable to communicate with others when so young and seen as inferior, hides challenges in children"s lives to parents/adults, protection can increase vulnerability.