Group of a 9 & 10 yr.old, smoking & dating

Philippines
August 12, 2012 7:18am CST
I was riding in a pedicab and i noticed this group of young people ages around 9 or ten or even younger under the tree smoking and flirting with a group of young ladies. That isn't the first time i saw them. Every night when i pass that street i can see them under that tree because it's dim there. I asked myself what i do when im in that age and i remember im just in the house because we have a curfew hour until 6pm only. It made me sad. I think they're too young to posses such kind of habit. Really the world and the generation now is different. I hope we could do something to deal this issue.
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10 responses
• United States
12 Aug 12
Im sure you did not do what they are doing or thinking of doing. Young people to day are knowledgable beyond their years. It is sad but parents don't control their kids any more. Part of it is that both parents must work long hours to feed the kids and pay the rent, so they are left to their own devices. For companion ship they fall into a gang, then things can get out of hand.
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• Philippines
12 Aug 12
I believe it' s not just about the "new generation" thing. These kids lack parental guidance. Parents are the first to mold their children. Media influences and peer pressure can't be denied but if these kids were guided and taken care of, they would surely understand what waste they are doing with their youthful lives. Discipline, education and guidance makes a child a better individual in a society.
• Philippines
12 Aug 12
You think so? yeah, maybe your right they lack parental guidance.. :( but you know i don't want think all of them lack parental guidance. In my kind of work i met different kinds of people and some of them deal with this problem with their own kids. They do all the warnings, teaching them the right and wrong but still in the end, peer pressure wins. But yes, parents influence is the best example a child can adopt. But some parents fail to be the person their child must follow. :'( I pray to be a good example to my kids when they grew up! i really do.
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
Precisely. If parents make warnings and teachings often but they themselves are not the first examples to these virtues, it makes no sense. Some kids opt to believe what their peers would say rather than listening the same sermons from their parents 'coz they can only sense the "scolding" rather than the advising. They seek their friends' companionship 'coz they feel they "belong" to one road. But they don't realize that such road is a wrong one. I myself can't imagine if I can be a better parent, guess right now I'm still in the chapter of becoming a better child..hehe..
@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
Are you sure they are 9 or 10 years old?! I could hardly think of it possible, perhaps they were just really short people!?? I don't see these kids flirting at all! I could hardly believe it! When I was that age, I don't even know what "flirting" is! Whew! I truly blame the parents of these kids. God help us all!
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
they are, and even younger :(
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
18 Aug 12
There is a lot of differences in the way the world was and the word is now. This particular incident, I do blame on the parents. At that age, they shouldn't be out and about without supervisions. I am usually very careful not to blame parents for everything but, in this case, I think it could be prevented.
@jugsjugs (13047)
16 Aug 12
I have seen children of that age doing the same thing and some also drinking and being drunk.I feel that their parents do not know or even care what they are doing, as long as they are not under their feet.I see people that are just not fit to be even called or classed as a parent. When I was that age I was indoors playing, or at a friends house that lived next to our house.
14 Aug 12
Where are the parents at these days. The young kids are doing so much more than the kids 10 years ago were doing and the parents are just letting them get out of control. At 9 years old I was in the house before dark and for smoking a cigerette my mother would have made me eat the cigerette if she caught me smoking. I beleive it is thE parents that should be held responsible for today's kids bad habits.
@dorannmwin (36609)
• United States
14 Aug 12
When I was that age, I was allowed to play outside and even ride my bike around the block, the the rule was always that we had to be home by the time that it started getting dark. Times are definitely different now and though I do allow my children to play outside with their friends that live on our street, they are not allowed to go around the block and they have to check in with me regularly. I know that neither of my children has the habit of smoking and though my daughter is nine years old right now, she doesn't have any kind of interest in boys at all right now.
• India
13 Aug 12
Sad to hear about this issue, we don't know anything and we are innocent in our childhood days, but this modern kids spoil their life in various ways.. Now we are living in the modern world and most of the kids are spoiled in their childhood days. Recently i read that a gang of Third standard students (8 year old boys) smoked in their school in their break time. The class teacher saw this incident and punished the boys, 8 years is too young to start the smoking activities as well as this kids are not in need to learn this bad habit in this young age. Kids in this modern age is interested in learning a lot of new things, they don't give importance to good or bad, whatever the new thing is, they are curious to learn it, by this way they learn to start smoking, flirting and other unwanted things. Really this kind of kids are spoiled brats and spoil their precious life in their childhood days. Parents of this kids must take extra attention about their kids and watch each and every activities of their children to avoid this kind of unwanted things, if the parents are careless, the kids will spoil their life in various ways..
@riyauro (6433)
• India
13 Aug 12
Oh god, So young boys and girls, they are just kids. they are minors and minors getting into this habit surely means lack of parental care. they should be at home studying at that time. I feel sorry for them because there future is going to be bad if they continue this. My heart cries when I hear all this type of things. I start thinking ' what will be the future like'. I wish there was some way that these kids change and not do all this.
• Pakistan
12 Aug 12
They are making world just like hell with their habbits don't do like them they are big fools and not understand that this smoking is harmful to them it can dammaged their nervous system within no time i think you should try to stop them by telling their parents about it my God Give guidence to them