The Kids are Alright

Johnny - posted on 03/31/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/03/31/st...

There are lots of comments here on COM and out there in the rest of the world about how bad things are with our kids and all the horrible things they get into "nowadays." Studies show, it's not true. They're doing better than we did.

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Tara - posted on 04/01/2011

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The human species is an adaptable organism.
Despite all the shit going on in the world, children today are doing better than all generations preceding them.
Some will argue that kids today face too much strife and violence etc.
Some will argue they have had it easy, no Hitler, no bubonic plague, no potatoe famine etc. etc.
But honestly it doesn't matter what each generation faces, we are designed to adapt.
Kids today are no worse than any other generation and as this article points out, they are faring far better than others.
I hate when I hear people talk about how bad today's kids are or how awful today's teens are, they're not awful and they are hope for a brighter future.

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Pia - posted on 04/01/2011

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I got the "kids these days" comment today - directed at ME for HAVING kids!! (did that sentence make sense?) I was having coffee with my mum and my two babies and an elderly couple were talking about how I was too young. Yes, I look young, but for fuck's sake I'm 24 this year and my eldest isn't even 3 yet!! Jesus!

Jayce - posted on 04/01/2011

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I should print that off and show it too my mother-in-law and my husband's gran. I've had this arguement with them both recently. I think a lot of the negative attitude on this is because the media over-reports the bad stuff and never tell any of the good stuff.

Stifler's - posted on 04/01/2011

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i hope to go kids these days do better than my generation. half my grade from school are doing nothing with their lives.

Bonnie - posted on 04/01/2011

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I hate when people say, kids nowadays are so spoiled. They don't know what it's like to have nothing. It's just that there is so much more available to kids nowadays then there was years ago.

Veronica - posted on 04/01/2011

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The notion that I think 'kids are worse today' comes from how a lot of kids are in society. There are a lot of spoiled brats, kids who dont work and live off mommy and daddy, dont take work serious - there are a lot who will start a job and a week later after they get their first pay check they are gone, there are things that kids can get away with now a days, that we would have gotten our asses in a jam for when we were kids. I think THIS is where that would come from. I feel more and more families are more lenient with their kids, less strict, and enable their kids. But that is what we are seeing here in this part of the world - im NOT saying that it is the majority everywhere.
I do agree children have adapted since we were kids, but I dont think for the majority that its really changed any more than when we were kids, or older generations either -- i heard a lot of 'naughty' stories about my mom/aunts,uncles - they were not angels! lol I think in today's world - the media has taken over, and things aren't taboo anymore -- its the same scenerio with sexual assualt or any other abuse cases too -- back in the day only a few were reported - so of course the stats were lower - they cant say now, because there are 1000s of cases or more that its at its all time high - we dont know how many people have been assaulted 50, 100, 200 years ago or more - because people kept it hush hush, didnt know they could report it, didnt think they could report it - you didnt talk of such things. Now we have women's rights, and children's rights, and human right's, and tons of laws, and counseling and help for people - that people can get out of it.

So - to conclude - regardless how it seems in society, i dont think much has changed kids are kids -- but i do feel that kids have adapted a lot to what our society holds now.

Jenni - posted on 04/01/2011

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I was going to say, in so many words, pretty much what Tara said. I've never bought the 'things are so much more horrible today, than in past generations'.
We have progressed in so many ways. In human rights and information. I think teens today are much more thoughtful and concerned about their world and issues affecting us purely because they are part of the information age. They are more aware and informed and have more resources to influence the world around them positively.

Every generation has it's pros and cons.... I think the problem is 'nowadays' the media only wants to focus on the cons. So we get this overwhelming notion that things are so much worse today because the news only wants to report on the 'evils' of society.

Sal - posted on 04/01/2011

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kids have always got into stuff, now the kids just video it and put in on facebook for all the world to see....

Jodi - posted on 03/31/2011

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Thank you!!!! I must admit that the "kids nowadays" thing has been a pet peeve of mine too. Great to see an article giving us an overview. I'm sure, however, there will still be those who won't believe it ;)

Stifler's - posted on 03/31/2011

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I think kids are exactly the same. There's just more technology to expose what kids get up to and older generations can't admit to getting into mischief. Since there was no camera phones to tape school yard violence apparently today it's soooo much worse.

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