(from BBC) Children are growing up too fast, says a leading
author. But hasn't society always worried that young people are
experiencing adulthood too soon?
In the late 19th centruy, hooligan gangs such as the Scuttlers (Manchester) and the Peaky Blinders (Birmingham) plagued inner-cities in the late Victorian period.
This added to a feeling of a moral and physical decline among the youth, and was compounded by recruitment problems for the Boer War. The Boy Scout movement was founded in an effort to address that.
"I think children act like adults at an alarmingly early
age," said Dame Jacqueline Wilson born in 1945, who has sold more than 30 million
books. Her remarks came as a poll by her publisher suggested that more
than half of parents believe childhood is now over by 11. read more
Public Enemies (The Independant 2005)
Britons are frightened of their own young, reports Time Magazine. On any given Saturday night, in any town center across Britain, it's easy to see why. "It usually starts outside McDonald's — that's the hot spot," explains one London youth. "You might go with one mate, then you get a phone call. Give it an hour, there'll be 10 people there, with nothing to do. Intimidating people is something to do, a way of getting kicks. Like, 'Oh my God, did you see how they ran?' "
Compared to other cultures, British kids are less integrated into the adult world and spend more time with peers.
Meantime, The Independent reports that a 15-year-old boy, Brendan Harris, was convicted of kicking and stamping to death a young woman in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, because she was dressed as a Goth. Harris had denied the murder charge but pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mr. Maltby after drinking two litres of cider, a bottle of Stella Artois lager and "quite a lot of" peach schnapps.
Interestingly, the solidarity kids everywhere find in Goth culture alleviates the disconnection. It's when kids can't find a connection and begin following a ring leader that the troubles begin.
(Photo: Fathers' Protest Sign.)
After success with popular books and stage shows, Mortified now launches its debut web video series, The Mortified Shoebox Show.
Each week, The Mortified Shoebox Show treats viewers to "comic excavations" of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids-- letters, lyrics, poems, journals, rap songs, home movies and more. Mixing concert clips, animated shorts, interviews and odd archival media, Mortified's debut series offers a snapshot of human history at its most hilarious and harrowing.
By moving online, Mortified is able give its participants -- writers, teachers, designers, actors, soccer moms, execs -- the terrifying chance to suddenly perform before a global audience.
An independently produced collaboration, season one is slated to last about eight or nine episodes... Interested in seeing season two? Contact them if you'd like to help facilitate. We dare you. It's common ground for Gen X and Y.
Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, says she has seen an increase in "bullying related to clothes." Having access to designer clothing affords some kids "the opportunity to become popular -- and that protects you and gives you social power and leverage over others," she says.
Over the past three years, numerous designers have targeted the lucrative children's and teens' markets. Little Marc, the kids' clothing label by New York designer Marc Jacobs, expanded its line this winter and dropped its price, making it more accessible to a greater number of shoppers...
What's curious here is that middle school kids are at a crossroad, moving beyond the parental threshold. Yet they still are looking back for parental approval. Branding at this age shoots right back at the parents. How kids are perceived at this stage and how they receive that perception shapes their future brand directions. WIll they become Abercrombie kids and constantly seek what's "in" or will they break out of the mold?
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(Photo: Vintage tintype of a pre-teen.)
I love Daily Candy. I don't even mind getting their dedicated emails from advertisers. Because usually, these emails show new products right in line with the Daily Candy vision of latest, greatest stuff. That is, except for this morning. Today's dedicated email came from Wal-mart. I thought maybe they'd had something to talk about. But, not. Just more of the same: Mary-kate and Ashley brand outfits and run-of-the-mill mp3 players don't count as hip.
I feel like we're always panning Wal-mart. Don't get me wrong Wal-mart has some great aspects, especially when it comes to hurricane disaster relief. But for cool hunting, Wal-mart is not the place. That would call for a major product development/merchandising overhaul.
Ooops…the niece’s birthday snuck up on us. Have to expedite a gift to intercept her at camp or else join the ranks of deadbeat aunts and uncles.
Search search search online for camp gifts. Isn’t there a Camp-A-Gram or something that can walk a gift over? No such luck. But who knew about all the cool stuff out there.
CarePackageStyle.com will send Daily Hug care packages daily, every other day, or every third day. You pay for the hugs, but no additional shipping charges. They’ll also add counselor, bunkmate or cabin gifts to your camp care package.
Camp Pacs has more traditional explorer-style packages.
The Spoon Sisters offers autograph boxer shorts. I would’ve liked those.
In the end, I went to American Girl which offered no “camping” gifts section. There, after a little browsing I wound up buying an $8 autograph pillow. I paid $19.95 for 2-day shipping and an extra $6 for gift wrap. Why? Because the American Girl name carries weight with this particular 10-year-old and we need to leave a lasting impression. Sigh…
We were included in an interesting article in this week's Advertising Age on Wal-Mart's new entry into the world of teen social networking. Desperate to appeal to teens with something other than pencils and backpacks during the crucial back-to-school season, Wal-Mart is launching a highly sanitized, controlled and rather unhip site at walmart.com/schoolyourway. Teens are invited to create their own page, "show it to the world and win some fab prizes," including a chance to have their videos appear in a Wal-Mart TV commercial. Read here
At the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, the Smoke Free Movies Action Network launched Screen Out!, the first campaign designed to help America's parents protect their kids against tobacco imagery in movies -- a primary influence on new adolescent smokers. The campaign is endorsed by the American Legacy Foundation, American Heart Association, American Medical Association and the State of New York Department of Health.
Screen Out! advises parents to limit kids' viewing of R-rated films, which give them half their tobacco exposure, and to press major studios and their parent companies to clear tobacco out of G, PG and PG-13 films, which deliver the other half.
I, for one, am always amazed at the number of friends and strangers who are still smoking. However, screening adolescents out seems like a parenting 101 no-no. You screen. They sneak. This is an area that calls for a lot of collaboration and cold, hard facts and scare tactics. Many smokers actually like to smoke. And that's compelling to a kid.
My grandfather had his lung removed in the 1950s due to lung cancer. All he wanted in the hospital was his pack of Lucky Strikes until he was plainly told by the doctor, "How would you like me to remove your other lung?"
According to an article from New Scientist, About half of teenage goths have deliberately harmed themselves or attempted suicide, a new study suggests. But joining the modern subculture – which grew out of the 1980s gothic rock scene – may actually protect vulnerable children, researchers say.
at University of Glasgow found that while most self-harmers started the
practice at age 12 to 13, they did not become goths until they were a
couple of years older, on average.
“One common suggestion is they may be copying subcultural icons or peers [when they self-harm], but our study found that more young people reported self-harm before, rather than after, becoming a goth. This suggests that young people with a tendency to self-harm are attracted to the goth subculture,” says Robert Young, who led the study.
Michael van Beinum, a psychiatrist for children and adolescents, who advised on the study, agrees: “For some young people with mental health problems, a goth subculture may be attractive as it may allow them to find a community within which it may be easier for their distress to be understood.”
The 1980s goth culture grew out of the post-Punk movement and underwent a revival in the mid-1990s. Central to goth belief is the black aesthetic – taking icons that society regards as evil, such as skull imagery, and making them beautiful.