well i was never like that as a kid. adults always asked "what do you want to be" and i told them: "i dont know, im a kid"
that attitude of having to pick something out of the list of: astronait, firefighters, police officer, pilot, etc, is stupid.
kids at age 12 arent that stupid anymore. maybe at age 5 or 6 they are. at age 12, you should already understand that not everyone can be an astronaut. you pick something attainable to work towards, for example taking music lessons to become really good at playing the violin. or playing competitive first person shooters for hours every day to make a name for yourself. or, like me, figuring out how computers work. and when you do this, at that age, you already understand that this could potentially be the start of your career for the rest of your life, so you try not to fuck it up. there are 12 year olds out there who are better at math than university graduates. there are 12 year old kids who beat players with 10 years of experience at starcraft 2. 12 year old kids are fucking smart.
so, if at 12 years old, a kid chooses to cheat at counter strike instead of doing something useful and fair with his life, he should be punished for it. so that other 12 year olds see that kid, realize that they dont want to be like that fucker, and dont cheat at counter strike.
if you start unbanning ppl at 18 who cheated at 12, the next day faceit leagues will literally be 100% blatantly aimbotting 12 year olds. because they will understand that they can get away with it. because 12 year olds are fucking smart. you were that smart too. you just didnt do anything with it.