Kids can be asexual. It involves being not attracted to anyone. A lot of young asexuals don’t experience ‘crushes’ the same way, if at all.
I found that this was easier to explain before the Split Attraction Model was popularized. Asexuals were one category not unlike Bisexual folk. At least when I was growing up ace. There was no distinction between an ace who was dating a person of the same or other gender, or if they were dating at all. Because they were all just asexual. And that continues to make the most sense to me. I understand the desire to further clarify for some folk. But I’m not one of them and I feel like folk who use the SAM are unfortunately targeted by discourse due to these 'microlabels’. This needs to stop. The division is even within the asexual community in reguards to who is a 'true ace’ and that shouldn’t be going on. An asexual is an asexual, regaurdless of their sex life, their libido, their levels of attraction, or their other labels.
Never force the Split Attraction Model on an ace that doesn’t use it. And never assume those labels are relevant to them just because they’re asexual.
In the same regard don’t judge asexuals who use the SAM. They’re not the source of the discourse, just an unfortunate target sometimes like all of us. Protect one another.
All asexuals are valid.