Kids growing up way too fast

Kids growing up way too fast

The phrase ¨kids are growing up too fast¨ is thrown around casually in our society today and usually brushed off by the younger generation. But it should be taken more seriously than most think. 

With the quick development of more and more technology, the children of today have more at their fingertips than any generation before. The average parent today allows their kids to have a smart phone at age 10. A lot of kids also start using social media long before the recommended ages.

Junior Jaxela Opiyo said, ¨Personally I think children are exposed too young. I feel like the internet can influence you a lot especially when you’re young, whether it’s good or bad, and most of the time not age appropriate. And at that age, I think we should only be playing outside or watching tv in the house.¨

Advanced aging goes much deeper than just technological use. Study shows that children are participating in the use of drugs and alcohol at young middle school ages. Use of these at such young ages can mess with their bodies and minds before they’re fully developed and lead to long-term health problems.

Kids aren’t only facing health problems but legal problems too at younger and younger ages. Juvenile arrests of children under 15 have grown exponentially in the past 20 years. According to the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,   ¨Offenders under age 15 represent the leading edge of the juvenile crime problem, and their numbers are growing.¨

We live in a society of rushed moments and quick memories. Most people do not allow themselves to linger in the stage of life they are in without anticipating what is to come next or wanting for something greater. This includes all ages, all people, and all lives. 

Junior Alana Bullock said, ¨I think we can help younger children embrace their childhood by taking them on adventures, spending quality time with your kids outdoors and taking them places can build who they are and not make them corrupt to our society. In 2024 you never know what people are going to do or post on the internet.¨

We as a society need to let the young generations know that it is okay to be where you are, without rushing into the next bigger, older, or ¨better¨ part. All of life shouldn’t be about preparing for what’s to come next. Experience what’s happening now. Kids should be kids while they are given the chance.

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