Are Kids Today Meaner Than Ever Before?
Filed under: Bullying
The idea that kids today are meaner than ever before was floated by Malcom Smith of the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension Service, according to the Boston Globe.
Certainly they grow up faster. Yes, every generation of parents says that, but there are things that this generation has that others did not, such as access to the Internet. A lot of meanness happens online in the form of cyberbullying. Since cyberbullying didn't even exist until relatively recently, one could argue that this shows that there is more meanness among today's children than there used to be, simply because there are more opportunities for them to be mean.
But the proof is in the pudding -- or in this case, the parents. What do you think? Are kids today meaner than ever?
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.