posted on Apr, 1 2012 @ 04:54 PM
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
reply to post by seentoomuch
I do voluntary work with young kids in my town and they are no different to how I was when I was a kid. They are definitely more tech savvy, but, I
would argue that is a good thing. The reason they come to the youth club, is because they get to be with all their mates and enjoy themselves, whether
playing football, cooking , making music. Then all the other social reactions that come with it, like flirting, a bit of fighting and some name
calling. The usual kid stuff. Just pushing boundaries. We have a computer and a games console, but most , even the boys like to get in the kitchen
and make a meal.
We are always given a very bad image of kids in my country. People are quick to demonise youngsters without giving them a chance. No wonder some of
them rebel , when they feel so alienated from wider society.
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I guess when you were a kid you would take a cat, stick it in an ice chest and beat on it, right? No, you didn't? Well two days ago that is what an
11 year old girl did to my cat. Nice, huh? I didn't know what was happening until another child came and told me. She had shut it in her garage and
had closed the doors and didn't like that the cat was scared of her, so she put it in the chest and beat on the chest. I know this 'cause her two
younger sisters were on the cell phone with the little boy who came to tell me what was going on. The two sisters tried to stop her but she was into
some sort of rage mode. I knocked on the door and when she answered I asked for my cat. She said she did not have it. I asked to speak to her
parents and she said her Mom wasn't there. I called the state troopers and when they came out sure enough the cat was exactly where the siblings had
said and beyond petrified with terror. Turns out her Mom was at a business meeting and felt her 11 year old could babysit the other two siblings.
They are left alone alot. I tried to reach out at that point but she and her mother (who showed up at the last minute just as the troopers arrived)
were spitting at me claiming the cat had got in there on its own. (In an ice chest with the lid closed?)
I believe your Youth Center is an oasis of sorts, but unfortunately even though we have one close by this mother doesn't suscribe to it. Instead she
has now placed placards on sticks saying "Stop" where the boundary lines of where her children are allowed to play and continues to leave them to
their own devices which as I have shown is not good. So while I am all for the youth centers being accessible some kids and some parents just don't
I believe you are just seeing the good kids, not the majority imo. My son is in the frontlines of working with at risk kids, don't make me write all
the stories. I have several more of my own about some trying to kick-in our front door where my 2 one year old twin granddaughters were playing. He
was doing it on a dare to prove he could rob. Nice, huh? An up and coming gangsta? He was staying with his grandmother who was at work at that
time. Btw, we live in a master planned community with golf course, schools, HOA, all beautiful and upscale, surprised?
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seentoomuch because: (no reason given)