Today is a different animal isn't it?

@estherlou (5017)
United States
March 18, 2007 2:48am CST
Today is so different than when we grew up. My granddaughter is 11. My son said her new friend opened her a friends myspace account. It seems that Tammy was the only person in her class who didn't have a myspace account! Isn't that something! At 11! the importance of priorities in life! LOL
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• United States
18 Mar 07
Too bad she didn't get to miss out on that. So many s*xual preditors on there these days. The cops are starting to compare the s*x offendar database with mySpace to try to cath some and have found an overwhelming amount of them have web pages on there! I have one too and get invites for p0rn sites and s*x parties on a regular basis.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I also had heard much about abuse on myspace and so I questioned by son about this. He says there is a myspace for kids and also, they have a christian filter service on their computer to protect the kids. So, I feel he is being a responsible parent and looking out for his family.
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Today is totally different than when we grew up. We actually played outside after school and on weekends. The kids today are inside playing on the computer and chatting with friends on the phone. We did all this in person. My 3 granddaughters all have their own MySpace websites, but the two younger grandsons prefer to just play games on the computer. I'm sure that will change in time. Some parents don't even monitor their kids MySpace pages and have no earthly idea about some of the things posted there. If your child has their own website, please monitor it and let them know what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Parents still have some responsibility in this. Chidren's priorities today are so different from when we were growing up. We were thankful for the least little thing we got...today they resent not having all the newest gadgets and everything that any of their friends have. Unfortunately, some parents will bend over backwards to get it all for them...whether they can afford it or not. It is all about entitlement and priorities. The kids feel they're entitled to it all, and the parents make it a priority to get it for them. There's something wrong with this picture.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
It is indeed a different day. We spend so much more time outside playing and socializing. Now they lurk in their bedrooms and online. My daughter and I have Myspace acounts. My hubby and son don't care about it and rarely are on the computer anyway. Our computer is in the kitchen so we stay social. We still go outside and garden and play too. Parents can do alot to keep some better, old ways alive.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Yes it seems like the kids are trying to grow up faster and faster everday.LOL But this doesnt mean they are mature.I agree it is a very different animal today from when we were growing up.
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@rainbow (6763)
18 Mar 07
Yesw, my kids seem so different, computer games, going on my laptop to do cbeebies, talking about music, singing pop songs as well as nursery rhymes. I'm not sure whether it's loosing childhood or just a chanage due to the way we live, they know the monsters are not real or are bad people but big things that lurk behind doors, lol. Somethings I think are good but others, well I'm not so sure they don't grow up too fast. I miss my little toddlers, my 3 year old is pretty savy really lol.
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
18 Mar 07
how funny to read your discussion!!!!! but yes children are very different now...they seem they grow so fast...technologies is so great that they have so many opportunities and they can teach us so many things about computers and the internet...anyway I suppose myspace is the new fashion among teenagers just like the ones that there were when we were teenagers...so the only thing is to laugh together over time passing and try to keep a good eye on your beloved children because technology is full of opportunities but it is full of new dangers and we must be careful and be there for protecting them
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Yes, it is a new and interesting animal to say the least! As you described 10 and 11 year olds with their own 'online accounts' and carrying cell phones. They are text-message savvy and can make their way in/out of internet sites like it was a hallway at school. However, they are also a generation whose health is going to be poorer than that of their parents (first time in history) if things don't change drastically. They get too little physical activity, and their diets are atroscious! They are drinking polluted water and breathing polluted air. We must change things if they are to live long and healthy lives! Many of these problems have been brought to the attention of society, now we all must get serious and bring about changes!
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
20 Mar 07
My grandkids, luckily, are all into sports...all of them. The boys do football and basketball, and the girls are on soccer and basketball teams. They are all very active and keep quite busy lives. Computer is a very small part of what they do.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Kid are learning all about computers at a much younger age than they used to years ago. It is sad because they are not fully aware of the risks of joining websites like that. There is a lot of criminal activity on that site so hopefully your family will be careful when using that site. I keep hearing bad things about predators looking for kids on that site. I would not allow my child, if I had one, join that site at such a young age. Computers and the internet were nonexistent when I was that age so it tells us how much has changed over the years. In some ways it is good and other ways it can be really bad.
@freesoul (3023)
• Egypt
18 Mar 07
lol. while I was growing up home computers and internet were science fiction :) at least we read many books and our games were not in the "virtual reality" lol
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
18 Mar 07
It is funny what is important. I will not let my son have one and he is 13. It seems they can get into an awful lot of trouble. He has never said anything and I am not about to offer.
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@GardenGerty (106820)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I am not sure that the eleven year olds I know have myspace accounts. I hope if they do their parents monitor them carefully. I wish more eleven year olds were out riding bikes, climbing trees and jumping rope. That is the kind of thing I did at 11.
• United States
18 Mar 07
Yes, socializing has definitely changed for young people. But, one thing I have noticed is that children still want what all the other children have.
@gabs8513 (48714)
• United Kingdom
18 Mar 07
Oh yes lol it is different. I used to be outside playing or reading my Books. But now it is all Computers lol
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