Monday, October 02, 2006

The Blog is Back

Ok, the blog is back from filterland. Thankfully, it was only down over the weekend and did not affect us too much.

As I sit on my couch and type this on my laptop, I am making an observation. In my bedroom sits my son playing Lego Star Wars II on the Xbox. Trey is age 6. On the TV is a special edition of Jeopardy (Back to School Week). The three contestants are each no older than age 11. Our society is filled with tools, accessories, and gadgets that are geared to the tweens and even younger. How do you feel about this? Do you think that young people are forced or encouraged to grow up too early? What has changed since you were that age or since your parents were that age? Explain your thoughts.

44 comments:

chriso5 said...

Heck yeah, there is way too many things that are marketed toward young kids. It helps contribute to affluenza problem that this country has. Kids are growing up much faster because of access to new information via the media and internet. Lots of times this information is inappropriate for their little eyes and ears.

JohnMM1 said...

I believe that children are forced to grow up sometimes faster than intended. Not only in the technology, but mainly in movies and societal morals. I was watching MTV and South Park in like 4th grade...some of that stuff, my mom says, "She isn't even old enough to watch." Children are exposed to somethings much faster than they actually should be. For "Back to School week", to me, there is nothing better than education. Children should be encouraged intellectually as soon as possible. The faster children are challenged the better they will overcome and be able to filter out the nasty stuff they see in society or on tv.

chuckw7 said...

I feel that much of society is geared to teens. In economics today we learned that 200 billion dollars is spent each year on advertisement to teens. Society realizes that teens are a very big part. I do think that society often makes teens look bad because if one person in a school does bad stuff, they assume that the whole school does the same. Also, they expect teens to act just like adults. We should be more mature than when we were younger, but we shouldn't be compared to adults. Adults have had more time to figure out what life is about and how to live it maturely. They are more experienced and I think society should give teens a break because after all, there are a lot more ways for us to screw up than there were for our parents.

hali7 said...

I think that as the years go by and the technology gets better the children are expected to grow up earlier. They have more tools to use to make their education better. I think that this is good in a since and bad in a since as well. It is good because people are becoming smarter. The bad thing is that the children do not have as much play time to grow up and be a child. A thing that has changed since I was a young child is that no one longer plays or has the regular nintendo that i played when i was a young boy.

EleanorM1 said...

I have noticed recently that my little sister who is 7 rarely plays outside. When I was younger I would play out in the neighborhood until dark. Now my sister just sits inside and watches TV and plays on the computer. I have also noticed that kids in jr. high are trying to act older than they are. They dress and talk like they are 18 or older and it makes me sad. Some of the girls that I see in public look like they are in their 20s when really they are probably about 14 years old. I know that when I was 14 I looked 14, not 23. I think the youth of America is trying to grow up too quickly and I think a lot of that is influenced by the media and celebrities.

BrookingP5 said...

I do think that children are growing up too fast in today's society. I think we should be concerned about the drastic changes in recreation for children in recent years. It is alarming how much time children are spending in doors playing with elcetronic things in place of doing other activities that used to be more prevalent. When we consider how now no children really have regular scooters anymore, instead they are all motorized, it's scary that they are starting off at an early age without exercise. Relying on new technology to provide entertainment is probably harming today's children in multiple ways.

GingerC1 said...

I defintally think that the toys geared to kids are forcing them to grow up. There are even toys for little kids that help prepare for the SAT or ACT. I think it is ridiculous. They need to be playing outside or coloring; not playing video games or educational test. I think this is making a huge impact on what we emphasis to our kids. I also think these games are not allowing kids to use thier imagination. They need to be creative and be exploring.

carolw7 said...

I think that in a lot of cases young people are encouraged to grow up too early. Television and the media often add to this. However, at the same time, many parents and other adults try to keep kids and teens young in order to protect them from the world. Both elements can present problems. And while it is certainly good, I think that the increased value of education has also decreased the room for error. Why should you do it twice when you can do it right the first time, right? Kids and teens feel this especially, and therfore are often encouraged to live less and grow up more.

gordonw7 said...

Yea, i think that kids are being forced to grow up too quickly. TV, internet, and cell phones are all contributing. I saw a kid walking around w/ a cell phone that looked like he was 8. Thats way younger than when i first got mine, and i bet its gonna keep getting younger in the future which is pretty crazy.

willst5 said...

I personally think that kids are growing up way to fast, I mean you should grow with the people your age and not older. Everybody is a kid at heart and no one wants to grow up so why should we. I think today's market is okay because everyone needs to let out the inner child sometimes.

AllieB1 said...

I think that children in today's society are growing up sooner than in previous years. Technology and television have contributed to this problem. I think that it is bad for children to grow up too fast because they only have one chance to experience childhood. When I was younger, I remember playing outside in my neighborhood all afternoon. That doesnt seem to be as common as it used to be.

Ianr3 said...

I think because of these tools, accessories, and gadgets kids have greater knowledge of certain things than did my age and definitely the generation before did. My little cousins are constantly playing on the computer, playing there gameboy, having fake toy cellphones, and relying on there Tivo. I think that because of this the lives of parents in entertaining their children in a safe (physically) environment has become increasingly easier. With this a child's life is so much more complicated. How much time is my cousin and children spending outside just running around, because thats all they have to do. It is so simple and a block in the building proccess of becoming a mature adult. When I was little, even though Gameboys and other electronics were a booming fad the playing cards and nerf guns were the most prominent thing to do at your friend's house. Now a days its playing on the Xbox, watching Tivo, watching yourself on the karoake machine, or being on the internet. It feels funny when your Kindergarten cousin sends you an email, but that is the way kids are growing up now, and it is a risk society has taken that no one really knows the long-term effect of.

thomasd said...

It's real good that parents want their kids to be smart and what not, but these people need to remember that they are just kids. Most parents try to push their kids to hard to be the perfect student, or the perfect athlete, it's like it's a competition between parents of whose child is the best. The jeopardy thing you mentioned is completely ridiculous. No child should be put under the pressure of a game show. In my opinion, kids would be much happier playing in the dirt or riding bikes than learning how to calculate math problems. People need to realize that these kids are infact just that, kids, and parents need to let them have a little fun and get into a little bit of trouble.

Talc0s S. said...

You aren't going to believe what I saw, but it changed my views on this issue entirely.

I was driving along, and I saw a boy of no more than six on a tricycle. He was riding down the sidewalk, talking on a cell phone.

I'll repeat that, because it bears repeating: he was talking on a cell phone on a tricycle.

The world we grew up in is already gone, and that frightens me.

RyanL5 said...

I actually saw that jeopardy..but it could go both ways. I mean it is great and all to have a smart soceity. The smarter we are the better our lives will be. But there is a line to cross. Like back in the days naked girls were horrible...now you can basically see them on public tv, which some young kids watch also. I think our soceity needs to put greater restrictions on things kids see and at what age they see it.

MaryEvelynP3 said...

I definitely feel there is way too much directed at little kids. There was more than enough when we were elementary age, but I am afraid it's managed to get even worse. I love the internet, but I am afraid it plays a huge role in pushing kids to grow up even faster. With the internet, comes an amazing amount of access to information of all sorts. This includes explicit, inappropriate info as well.

DavidW3 said...

I feel that teenagers are growing up to quickly and are missing out on child activites. I think that young people are growing up to early thanks to technology. My six year old brother goes on the internet, plays xbox, and even has an AOL mail account. I was much older before I even considered doing these things. The age at which kids are introduced to video games and computers has drastically changed. I believe young kids have been targeted by advertising to grow up faster and buy the lastest technology.

AllenK5 said...

I definitely think kids are growing up faster. My brother is a perfect example. Partly because he is the fourth boy but also partly because of the stuff he just sees on TV this kid is a nut. I love him to death but he knows WAY to much. About three years ago we were at a baseball tournament and my brother (6 at the time) was hit in the head with a tennis ball. He smiled and said "Off the heezie!!" We laughed, but then I realized the Snoop Dog had had some type of influence on little Andrew. I can assure you he didn't find that Snoop in any cd players at my house either... He picked it up on one of the millions of shows that you can watch now. Kinda miz...

FrankB3 said...

I think its a shame that kids are growing up so fast. I think kids are encourage to grow up faster, mainly by the media. Kids do not seem to just go play outside anymore. Back in the day we would play outside till it got dark. I see my cousins just watch televison and play video games. I think they are definetly missing out.

eliseh1 said...

There are many different circumstances in which children are forced to grow up way to early. If a parent dies or the family is forced to move it is a necessity that a child grows up fast, but in today's society media and technology are an unnecessary evil to a child's an early adulthood. When I was younger we didnt even have a computer at the house, and my sister and I would play outside for hours. My little brother, who is 6 years younger than me, on the other hand has a computer in his room, along with an X-box. He also grew up a lot faster than me or my sister in terms of losing the imagination and bliss that children have.

JodiS24 said...

I think that most children are not necessarily forced to grow up too early. However, I do think that most children want themselves to grow up quickly when they are young. Obviously there is much more technology available now and when when I was younger. Because of this, I had a very different childhood than my parents, who played outside more and did not have the luxuries (or distractions) like computers, video games, and television. Even since I was little, new things have been developed, so children today are probably even more entertained by gadgets and accessories in the household.

Leigh W. 1 said...

There is definitely a new expectations for the younger kids. Even while my parents were in school, kids missed school because they had to work on farms. Now, administrations want year-round school. For what, movies 1/4 of the time. Some say that with each new generation, the kids grow up 5 years faster than the generation previous them. The time of innocence is gone. No more playing outside with your imagination. No, now it merely about who can get ahead the fastest with the most facts

Baileym1 said...

Yes, there is a definite influence and force to grow up early. It seems much different now than in the past when our parents and grandparents were growing up. Recently, a friend was telling me of how their aunt was paying a lot of money to get their child in a good kindegarten class. People are getting their kids to start earlier and study and work hard for their future. Besides more focus on education, tv and internet definitely contribute. We've all heard about video games, which I feel were initially intended for kids, include bad content like violence and bad language. With these video games, kids become aware of more things and therefore mature earlier.

MeredithA3 said...

I think that kids do grow up too fast. Young kids are mostly influenced by television and video games. When I was little, my friends and I were always playing outside. We were always riding our bikes or playing kickballl with the neighbors. Today, kids are aways stuck inside watching television or playing their video games. I think that kids today need to step back and look see their future because they are the future.

Brooke L. said...

things just arent the same anymore , k i know that sounds like a grandfather thing to say but whatever children are pretty much forced to grow up more quickly bc of the the internet and tv shows.its kind of saddening that children are not doin as much things with their imagination. nothing is simplified its like every toy is a machine now, and no one goes and plays outside now like all my little cousins want to do is watch tv its sad

MattO3 said...

Honestly, I think that young people from their perspective are pushed to grow up to fast. We only get to be teenagers once, and our parents are forcing us to use that time to try and be an adult. Don't get me wrong, there is much to be learned about taking care of oneself while they are still under the roof of their parents. I guess this is especially true since teenagers today continue to make very immature choices. But still, it might not hurt to let us be kids for a little longer.

GrantM3 said...

Kids today are growing up to fast. Cell phone, games, computers, and other electrical devices all contribute to this. Kids today have cell phones in like elementary school, while as I got mine in like 8th grade. Also with all this new technological advances, it keeps kids indoors a lot. Well as, I was always outside playing. So yeah I think kids are growing up to fast.

MillerL.3 said...

I also agree that children are forced to grow up much sooner than they should. With all the things on TV that they are exposed to t affects how they start thinking. They learn about sex, drugs and other tings before they need to. It could also affect when they start using drugs. All in all kids are growing up to early because of the TV and media.

drewt7 said...

In, the world today, children are being forced to make decisions they don't know the consequences to at earlier and earlier ages. An example that applies to most of us, we are being forced to choose our field of study for college and this affects our entire life. Most people don't even know what they want to be and yet get stuck on the wrong track which therefor makes them unhappy for the rest of their lives. True some people know, but most do not and it is unfair to us innocent people who know nothing of the outside world.

natalies7 said...

In society today, children are forced to grow up faster than they should be. This is a result of advances in technology and the influences of the media. Now all the people in junior high look much older than we did which was only like three years ago. The younger children now find entertainment in front of a tv or computer while we would play outside all day long. Children should be encouraged to be imaginative while they can because there is only one chance to be a kid.

DJ B 5th said...

yes, i think people now days market too much stuff to little kids, and most of the stuff they market are things that older kids should have, things like cell phones, ipods, or even computers. these things cause kids to grow up way too fast, and offten time they can lead kids to inaproprate things. i think kids today are forced to grow up too fast.

DJ B 5th said...

yes, i think people now days market too much stuff to little kids, and most of the stuff they market are things that older kids should have, things like cell phones, ipods, or even computers. these things cause kids to grow up way too fast, and offten time they can lead kids to inaproprate things. i think kids today are forced to grow up too fast.

jessanneh3 said...

I feel that a lot has changed in manay ways since my parents were growing up. Life is way more complicated and technical. I am not so sure that I would say that we are forced to grow up and engadge in more advanced technological things but it is certainly put in front of our faces. Most of us by the time we were 13, we were very knowledgable about computers. I know that My parents could not say the same. I practically ahd to teach my parents about computers and other new technology. I do agree in the fact that much of the society today is directed towards teens. We are the ones that are targeted with new things and ideas that come out. Think about it, we are an easy target. Anyhting neat and cool that comes out, we are going to want! It is sad to think about how simple life used to be for our parents. Now life is not so much that way. We are around so many advances in our society today that we might forget about the simple things in life.

StuartS5th said...

I think that technology will just improve faster and faster over the next few years, and a lot of the new technology will be made for teens and younger children. I do not think the new technology is forcing children to grow up early, but other factors such as media to affect how early kids grow up.

StClairD1 said...

I think that those who are younger than us have been forced by society to grow up too fast. No one acts their age anymore. Also, it seems like the simplistic view of life when someone is young isn't the same anymore. It used be... go to school, go home, play neighborhood games, eat dinner, go to bed..now its immediately after school, people in elementary school will come home and watch MTV or get on the computer. I think that some of the technology is taking away from what childhood is all about.

MatthewM1 said...

I wouldn't say kids are forced to grow up faster, but they are deffiently influenced too. the ages of 17 and 18 are shown to be the best ages of your life by society. Weather it be tv shows movies or something else. Kids see that kind of stuff and fell that they want to to get there and act that way and do those things. This is starting younger and younger, and kids are starting to leave their childhoods behind.

laceys7 said...

As technology is progressing, it shouldn't surprise us that more technology is being targeted to pre-teens and younger. There is no doubt that this encourages children to mature early. I think also as a result, children are becoming "high-maintenance". Children are expecting things such as cell phones and iPods at younger ages. Technology is starting to spoil some children. There was certainly no reason for me to have a cell phone in elementary school, and there are very few children who use there cells for more than talking to friends. I'm not saying technology only has it negative influences on children, but it seems that as technology progresses, children expect things easier for themselves.

RebeccaO7 said...

I think kids grow up to fast now days. The toys and video games focused at younger kids were not around when our parents were younger, and even when we were younger. The T.V. heavily influences kids and what they want. The internet is a wide open door to many things that might not be appropriate for them. Kids are growing up at an earlier age and do not spend much time out in the yard playing games. Appearances are also heavily influenced by the media. Many little girls are starting to wear make-up at a much younger age than we did. The media is making a huge influence on kids today. The kids need to take a step back from the media and focus on kids stuff, like running around the neighborhood and playing.

JayF3 said...

I think that in many ways kids grow up to fast in some aspects of their lives because of the media and internet, while in other aspects of their lives they don't grow up fast enough. I think kids are distracted by things that are not important, which leads them to conform to society's pressure and be like everyone else at an early age. Many young kids would rather be playing video games than playing outside, which is leading to our nation's obesity epidemic. Also, the way many people's parents pamper them leads to a lack of self motivation. Society needs to put pressure on kids to be self motivated and educated, not dress like Brittney Spears and such when their twelve.

CamilleCo5 said...

I think that kids are forced to grow up faster than they should be. When we were young kids, we played outside all the time and played with plastic toys instead of all the electronic toys that children use now. I don't even remember having internet until I was in the fifth or sixth grade. Now, kids rarely go outside because they are inside playing video games, fooling around on the internet, or watching television.

CaseyF5 said...

I think that kids today are growing up faster than they used to do. Technology and television have contributed to this problem. Kids are watching MTV and other channels that force them to grow up faster. When i was little i played outside all day long. I never watched tv or did anything with technology. Now it is all kids do.

FrannieC5 said...

There are alot of accessories and gadgets that are marketed towards young teenagers. Sometimes these gadegets force the teenagers or children to grow up too fast. If a child matures to fast, it probably will have an effect on his later life. When I was 6, I still played with Barbies. I did not know how to use a computer or a game system. Now all the rage for the kids is computers and X-box.

billyh7 said...

Yes, kids are encouraged to grow up entirely too quickly. There are some things that children need to experience while they are still children. When I was in the seventh grade, I did not have a cell phone. Today, the number of seventh graders with cell phones is phenominal. I am thoroughly shocked and appauled at some of the things that people are owning and doing at younger and younger ages.

Raineswel7 said...

I feel that kids these days are being forced to grow up. Kids are given to many chores and having to make serious choices on their own. They are also having to see things far to graphic for their young minds. Instead of watching MTV and HBo the kids should be reading. These kids who only watch TV are ruining their minds and taking up important space in their youthful minds.