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    The moral decline.

    :-)

    What is has caused the problem with the youth of today? Is it simply lack of
    parental control, or has the availability of such things as magazines, mobile
    'phones, contraception, guns, television etc. helped things along?

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    Re: The moral decline.

    I just posted same on another tread.

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    Re: The moral decline.

    Quote Originally Posted by capt_buzzard
    I just posted same on another tread.
    Yes, I've just seen it. I thought a new thread would be good, to allow easy
    matching of title and likely content.

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    Re: The moral decline.

    The moral decline of our youths is happening mainly because of what they see, hear, and read in the media. The media promotes sex, the media promotes gang violence, the media promotes the use of contraceptives. Why are there Marlboro ads in comic books? If parents put more restrictions on what their children watch on tv, the music they listen to, and the things they read, then the children will be better for it.

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    Re: The moral decline.

    I think more than anything, Childrens Services has more to do with the way kids are today. You cannot spank your children like you did when we grew up. I can remember my son coming home from grade school and saying I could not spank him or he could call Childrens Services. This is what he was told in school! My response? "You do something bad enough that you deserve your bottom spanked, I'm doing it. I will then even dial the number to Childrens Services for you. When they come, I will be in our home, and you will live with strangers". Yet, there are kids out there being beaten, starved, tortured. CS comes in and does nothing. A good program that has really strayed from it's original intent. As far as tv influence, I don't believe it has as much influence as most people think. I grew up watching Alf and never had the desire to eat cats LOL. Seriously, my children were always allowed to watch about anything, but communication is the key. As far as the media promoting contraception, they should. There's too many kids raising kids already. My son's 15 year old friend is a daddy and I am glad my son realizes what a mistake they made having unprotected sex. I believe it's up to the parents to discourage sex, promote contraception because teens will be teens, and if I felt that my children were having sex even though discouraged to, I would provide contraception.

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    Re: The moral decline.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peg
    I believe it's up to the parents to discourage sex, promote contraception because teens will be teens, and if I felt that my children were having sex even though discouraged to, I would provide contraception.
    Well said. The media is showing some horrible things and the kids watch it, clothing industries make more suggestive clothing for younger ages. All this temptation but it's ultimately up to the parents to teach their kids what's right, what they should and shouldn't do, and it's up to the parents to be there for the kids when they make mistakes.

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    Re: The moral decline.

    Madison Avenue and unscrupulous marketers have glorified gang culture and sexual promiscuity and it's even affecting middle class white kids. And the entertaiment industry as a whole has been setting new lows every year in its promotion of deviant and violent behavior.

    The First Amendment protects most of the "entertainment" that children are exposed to and parents are their first line of defense. It's just too bad that so many of those parents are children themselves.

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    Re: The moral decline.

    I thought this little article had some merit:
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    Older 'n Dirt

    "Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite
    fast food when you were growing up?"

    "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All
    the food was slow."

    "C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"

    "It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every
    day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the
    dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was
    allowed to sit there until I did like it."

    By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going
    to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about
    how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some
    other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his
    system could have handled it:

    Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a
    golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In
    their later years they had something called a revolving charge card.
    The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND
    Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

    My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because
    we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50
    pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in
    our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It
    was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored
    plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and
    the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It
    was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across
    someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the
    front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

    I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie."
    When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid
    off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that,
    too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

    We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our
    family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

    I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in
    the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you
    had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't
    already using the line.

    Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

    All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered
    newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents
    a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every
    morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers.
    My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me
    to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who
    seemed to never be home on collection day.

    Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the
    movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French
    kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did
    in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to
    see them.

    If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may
    want to share some of these memories with your children or
    grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

    Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
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    Re: The moral decline.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peg
    I think more than anything, Childrens Services has more to do with the way kids are today.
    I agree with what you say, Peg! I also love your reply to your kid! Children's services didn't have such a strangle-hold on things when my kids were young but I do remember my teen age daughter telling me there was some place she could move and they would make us pay her board. (She didn't go there but ended up moving in with Grandma where she still is...)

    My grandaughter (niece of the above mentioned daughter) at 5 seems to have a very clear sense of right and wrong, at least concerning lying and stealing. It will be interesting to see if she retains this sense. I will certainly talk to her about it. Having the time is what's nice about being a grandparent.

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    Re: The moral decline.

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    there is no moral decline of youth taking place. this is the old 'everything looks small looking through binoculars backwards' phenomenon. kids aren't becoming less moral, we're becoming more stick-up-our-ass conservative as we age.

    i'm not even sure if i'm joking.

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