Children grow up too fast these days

@megamatt (14333)
United States
January 10, 2011 8:36pm CST
Earlier today, I saw a sight that really did send chills down my spine. A child, about eight or nine years old, not much older, chatting away on a cell phone. My parents never would have considered giving me a cell phone at that age. I didn't even get a computer until I was slightly older. That just proves that children are becoming little mini-adults and not being allowed to be kids. Which I think is really sad. I compare my childhood and it was a lot more carefree. Now it just seems like children are growing up way too fast.
13 responses
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
11 Jan 11
Times change really fast, and it seems we can't go very far based on what our parents did. It really was a different world. Even though we pick up traits from our parents, we are also different people than they are. I'm not saying all the changes are good, and sometimes we need to stick with the old way - the way we were raised with. But you can only do that so far, and then you get into complications. Children do grow up fast. Make the best decisions and opportunities you can for them so you have minimal regrets later.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
I do agree with one point. Things change. Now they can change for the better. They can change for the worst. Both changes can effect the world. Sadly it just comes to the depressing realization that we are moving forward, but perhaps a bit too fast. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
12 Jan 11
Only one point?
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
12 Jan 11
Times are changing. Even the things that are taught in school are much advanced than in my time. I have a 4 yr-old boy in kindergarten and they already have a subject in computer, like identifying the parts of it even identifying a dot-matrix printer from a laser or jet printer. I am just amazed how he uses his father's cellphone to play games which I myself couldn't even play. I think it is our responsibility as parents to guide them on how they use today's technology properly. It is a matter of self-regulation. Let's take the initiative for them to experience what it is to be a child again. Instead of spending the weekends watching dvds together, why not go out and have a walk in the park or find something interesting to do, together with your child.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
Yeah the computer thing did floor me. Then again, it could be the fact that computers were not as wide spread then as they are now. I think that fifth grade was the first time I had any real experience with the computers. Now children are starting younger. Of course if they are monitored, then it could be okay. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• China
12 Jan 11
more than u could think. children nowadays, we cant even call them kids, they do what adults do, say what they say, think the way as adults do. honestly speaking, I am little terrified about this and dont think it's a good trend.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
It can be a bit terrifying to say the least. Even more terrifying is what things might be like fifteen or twenty years from now. Hopefully things slow down but really given the rate the world does advance, it is going to be highly unlikely. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
12 Jan 11
About 10 years ago I was walking home with a friend who was shocked, as was I, that an 8 year old girl was walking and talking on a cell phone as though she did it all the time! Today she is a vibrant, intelligent, young lady who has been accepted to Princeton! Who knew? Had that been one of my kids they would have been just hooked on what mommy and daddy gave them!
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
There are exceptions to many rules. Give a cell phone to one child, they become a productive member of society. Give one to about ten more, and they become drains on society. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
12 Jan 11
That's right i guess its because we are in a modern world kids nowadays learn soo fast they understand quickly they are even better when it comes to technology. Isn't that cool? how the world change from 1980's to y2k.. Most of us depends on the internet nowadays for example I used to go to banks or company to pay my bills before, but not anymore now everything works out with the computer.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
The world is different for sure. I'm sure the children of today will be bemoaning about something about twenty years from now. That is the circle of life. Our parents did it about us. Our grandparents did it about our parents. So on and so forth, on and on. Change for both the good and the bad. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@ptower76 (1619)
• United States
12 Jan 11
When i was 9 I could not even answer the phone in my home not to mention making calls. children do seem to be growing up too fast. What truly bothers me is that parents today are not preparing children to make age appropriate decisions while allowing them to enter environments that can be dangerous for them. But, what can we do? Childhood should be a carefree experience where we learn to make decisions based on our age and our experiences.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
Yep, the same thing with me. When I got to talk on the phone, it was a big event, with a relative that I did not see that often because they were out of state. Now with children these days, just about as simple as breathing. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• Philippines
11 Jan 11
Kids these days are exposed to the latest trend and technology and that includes mobile phones, internet and other gadgets or stuffs. I would still think that I would not do the same thing since I don't like them to be expose in radiation. Watching television shows without guidance will also make child learn about something not appropriate in their age so it is important for parents to guide their young wisely. Computers are good for the advancement of information and helps in studies but you need to limit it also because kids get connected so easily in things that can make them addictive which includes online games or social sites. I just can't imagine my niece and other kids of my cousins who already have their Facebook account at an early age of 9 and get connected with their classmates as well.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
Television(and the Internet) as well has so often been used as an electronic babysitter. Granted I was watching television, I was online when I was around pre-teen or so but my parents did monitor my every move. These days, children are doing who knows what, where their parents are off doing whatever. Facebook at an early age, I would never have been allowed anywhere near that website had it been around when I was young. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• India
11 Jan 11
This is sad indeed. We are introducing technologies and trying to add new dimensions to entertainment. But somehow, in the process we are taking away childhood from our own children. Every new invention has it's advantages and disadvantages. Chatting is good as you can connect to your friends anytime you want. But it is necessarily taking away the honesty and sincerity of facial expression. Conversations are loosing their importance and value. This is all very depressing indeed. When we decide to compromise values in exchange of cheap entertainment, there is sufficient reason to worry.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
Technology has been the ultimate thing where you can have many positives and even more negatives. It is accelerating the world we live in to heights that can previously undreamed of. It is also accelerating the growth process of children. Still the barn door's been opened, the horses have already left, so its kind of hard to do something about it right now. Does not make it any less frustrating. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
11 Jan 11
my daughter is 13 and in grade 8. one of her friends has a blackberry,several got laptops for CHristmas and almost all of them (except her) have cell phones all ready. i agree with you, especially when i hear about kids in grade 6 that have cell phones already!
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
I think when we look at society in about ten years, the downturn will be giving people too young cell phones. In the case of an emergency, I can understand a real simple one but not all of the latest model with all of the bells and whistles. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@lady1993 (14088)
• Philippines
11 Jan 11
Yes, it also scares me too- little children having cell phones and computer, and playing brutal online games... What happened to the innocence and stuff, they grow up so fast now. They even wear make up. They shouldn't hurry on growing up and enjoy their child life because time can never turn back..
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
They'll really wish that they had those childhood years that they rushed. That's the amusing thing. People cannot wait to grow up. Then when they do and they get a taste of what grown up life really is, they cannot wait to turn back. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
11 Jan 11
I don't get either as the other day my 8 year old nephew sent me a friend request on facebook and I am like NO, what on earth would all my friends and my nephew have in common and or would be okay for him to read. Hmm, also my friends daughter who is 10 received for Christmas a 4G i Phone. Okay here is the answer, why are parents allowing them to grow up so fast. What happen to the barbies and army men. The kids are not buying the electronics, adults are and the kids should not be allowed full access online today. So my friend it is the parents who are paving the way to, way too fast growing up. In my opinion.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 Jan 11
That is an excellent point. The parents are the one's who are giving that. Or aunts, uncles, or other relatives to say the very least. The facebook thing you posted really did floor me. I would have never been allowed near anything like Facebook if it had been around when I was eight. It is insane. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
I pity those children who are forced to grow up by adults around them. Kids today do not enjoy being kids.People around them move fast with the blessing of technologies and therefore forced to catch up with the pace. Modern gadgets had replaced dolls and playhouses. Computer games kicking out toy soldiers , bikes and balls. Where are the days when kids are playing wrestlings, climbing trees, messing around with each others in the yard, playing kids games? If only adults around them could spare some time with them, I think these kids of E generation will enjoy their youth as much as we did years ago.
@marcmm (1806)
• Malaysia
11 Jan 11
Technologies sure develope very fast either. Most of children nowadays start using cell-phones. But why? It was allowed by their parents. At the age like that, they sure cannot afford to pay their own bill but their parents do. About computers, even a primary school students have their Facebook account nowadays. They spend all day long either surfing their Facebook or playing online games. And about they growing up very fast, I agree but from what I see only girls grow faster nowadays. Why? I have seen girls like 10 years old already reach their puberty. They already have their period cycle at that age and act like a teenager. During my time, girls at that age still playing in the drain with me. So scary nowadays.