“You know, my kids think you’re the greatest, and thanks to your gloomy music, they’ve finally stopped dreaming of a future I can’t possibly provide.” – Homer Simpson to Billy Corgan
Children and teenagers are different today than they were when I was a kid. I think I grew up in the cusp of this change, but when I was in high school, kids didn’t have cell phones, or blogs, or TMZ or overexposure. This was in the days when instant messaging was still innovative (We used ICQ), and before cable modems and DSL were the norm. Where my generation, we children of the 80s, was disaffected, this younger generation seems almost over-affected.
I think when it comes down to it, Rousseau was right about a lot of things. Children are exposed to too much, too soon. They lose the innocence that comes with being young. They learn fear at an early age. Parents are more over-bearing, more over-protective, or at least they think they are being so… but the real problem is that the world has changed so rapidly, that parents don’t know what to do to “protect” their children anymore. And so most attempts are misguided.
The thing is, kids are going to be okay.