Where Is The “Child” In Children?

Denae Rivera, Reporter

It’s always been an issue with children wanting to grow up, but why so fast these days? “Tweens” aka children between the ages of eight and twelve are turning into teens way faster than usual. They are catching on to teen trends, attitudes, and behavior.

Parents have been trying to keep their kids, kids as long as they can. Making them watch shows that aren’t as explicit compared to the ones being shown on television today has helped little. TV channels like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel have changed drastically over the years, taking a toll on children. They’ve been known to be clever educating shows, to ridiculous ones that have no point in the first place.

Other than that, kids have been starting to dress like they’re going out to night clubs! Putting on packs and packs of make-up, along with short, tight shorts. It’s kind of sad really.

There’s also a lot of depressing posts made by these young ones too. And yes, social media plays a huge role in this whole situation.

However, pushing toward a more serious note, statistics have shown that drugs, alcohol, sex, and even suicide have been presented in today’s tween cult. “Between 1988 and 1995, the proportion of girls saying they had sexual intercourse before 15 decreased to 19% from 11%.” (http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/_wsj-kids_today_are_growing.htm) That’s a lot!

What happened to the innocent children?

“The past decade has seen more than a doubling of the proportion of eighth-graders who have smoked marijuana (10% today) and of those who no longer see it as dangerous. “The stigma isn’t there the way it was 10 years ago,” says Dan Kindlon, Mr. Thompson’s co-author. “Then, it was the fringe group smoking pot…. Now the fringe group is using LSD. ” (http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/_wsj-kids_today_are_growing.htm)

The suicide really gets adults thinking though. Why so young? Children should be enjoying their childhood with their families and friends. There shouldn’t be anything else to think about besides food, sleep, and school. Society is changing everything, and parents should consider taking control of what their kids are doing and who they’re hanging out with.

Save the childhood memories!