What’s it like being a child today?

Today’s children have more technology than ever before. Plenty of adults have a lot to say about them as being too involved in technology and not the world. But the range of technology aside, is it any different being a child today than it was 50 years ago. It turns out that a lot of the issues children face today bear a striking resemblance to the ones the kids of the 60s faced.

Single parent homes

14 million single parents are responsible for 28 million children in the US in 2018. The number is higher now than it was back in the 60s, but the results are the same. Being a single parent has a trickle-down effect into all sorts of other areas.

There is often less money available in a single parent house, even if both parents are actively involved. One parent struggling to make the money to pay the bills has less time with their child and less influence because of the amount of time spent.

There are plenty of occasions where a single parent has done an exemplary job, but sadly just as many where the situation is too hard to cope.

Drug abuse, not cigarettes

In the 60s everyone was a smoker. It was ubiquitous. On public transportation, in restaurants, and it was made to look cool. Now the issue is drugs, which are too easily available to school children. If not cigarettes there is the risk of substance abuse, too many children have tried glue sniffing or similar habits.

Bullying and worse

Sadly kids have always been bullied at school. Bullying has not gone away. The internet has not changed that, if anything it has made it worse.

But one thing today’s kids have to be aware of is a real danger from within their own ranks. Disturbed children who think the answer is a semi-automatic weapon, is a departure all of its own. Amazingly school shootings have been happening since 1840; in the 1960s 42 deaths occurred in the entire decade. There has tragically already been that many deaths in 2018 already.

Obesity

The obesity rate is an indictment not of how much we feed our children, the general rate for how many calories we eat on a daily basis has dropped between the 60s and now. It is what we feed our children not how much.

Current rates of obesity put one in three children in the category. It varies, but unfortunately, obesity and poverty sit hand in hand. A good calorie can cost as much as 8 times the cost that a bad-for-you calorie does.

 

Children don’t get to be kids

This is partly to do with technology, but also a function of how information is delivered. Children see sexual material at a far younger age than 60s kids ever did. Music is notoriously sexual. Back in the 60s, messages were couched so you at least had to get the reference.

They may have somethings easier, but others not so much.