"If you had a 12yr old daughter would you let her with an 18 yr old?"
yes, in 8 years of time i'd have no problem with it. age difference matters alot in this case, as you have a large difference in development, the younger a person is the bigger the differences are naturally. so while 6 years mean alot in teens, when you are a 20 year old girl i see absolutely no problem with dating a 26 year old guy.
"Zak, I don't follow your logic at all. Kids THAT age aren't nature enough to know what they're doing, including using protection. You CAN
'T allow kids that young to have actual sex; they don't have a true perception of the potential consequences."
actually, according to freud, sexuality starts ~12-13 years of age. just because some societies think that sexuality is unacceptable at that age does not make it a fact.
" including using protection."
why do you assume that 12 year olds dont know how to use condoms and such? every 12 year old knows(or should know) about sexuality, preferable explained in an open context by their parents. that usually does include dangers of std's and kids, which should naturally also teach the use of proper protection.
apart from that, what would they need protection for? virgin girls and lads playing the exciting games wont get them any std's cause i dont see 12 year old kids as hiv risk group.
and most pregnancies come from kids playing around without being properly instructed by parents before cause they were prudes and thought that abstinence is best or so.