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Monday, December 10, 2007

Is it the Death of Childhood? The Poisoning of Junk Culture

My husband found this article in The Daily Telegraph, a British paper. I found this article fascinating, full of food for thought for us parents. IS junk culture poisoning our children? You tell me what you think.

4 comments:

Scribbit said...

I'll have to go read it, it sounds intriguing--and I try so hard to keep my kids from being inundated with pop culture. T.V., radio, computer, interent, ipod, cell phones--it's just too much.

Marie said...

As a grandmother, I have now lived long enough to have experienced and seen the change in the way children play, study and grow up. I am one hundred percent in agreement with this article. All I can say is, "here, here"!

dawn224 said...

I'm not sure I understand when children were ever "just children" though. If I look back at my great great grandmother who was married at 15 and had her first of her 8 children by 16 - where was her childhood? I read Little House books and see that they were doing chores from the time they could understand instructions. While I agree that modern culture is just a big bowl of self indulgence, I'm not sure I can get on board with the idea that our children are being forced to grow up any sooner than any other generation.

Diane said...

Good food for thought, dawn224. I remember those Little House books too! They did grow up fast in the ways of responsibility, and they definitely had a hard life. I guess I see the loss of childhood going to a different brand of a loss of innocence than in the past. But yeah, even my grandmother got married unbelievably early!