Where has gone?

Where oh where is ? What does mean? What have we done in the safe western to our children, that they no longer are allowed to be ?  The concept of , cossetted, protected, given everything, encouraged to grow up and mature so quickly. Yet their innocence, rather than being in the majority taken by predators, is corrupted  in the home  by abusive adults then by the abuses of disallowing their by subtle means.

The TV, internet, (instagram, youtube et al )gaming, their music idols and networking allows them a presentation of a pseudo-adult that belittles any childish existence and robs it of its validity.

This is not surprising as childish behaviour in adults is seen perhaps as the lowest form of behaviour, or as a weakness or something to belittle.  We do not respect the child in ourselves so how can we truly respect our and their .  Oh yes we throw up legal protection and talk about safeguarding , but this is not from a of but a fear of ourselves.

We appear to save the , and on the other hand present them with opportunities to abandon their as quickly as they can.

That can’t be so I hear you cry, but look at the top game son X box in the main they are about killing and battle adventures. These are not childish play, this is not , but presentations of cold unfeeling violence, theft, hatred, and any other vice you care to name. My son was adamant in his teens that kids knew these were not real and so were not influenced. However, it is as subtle a brainwashing as the way “problems” in maths were presented in early twentieth century text books that belittled people of non european racial backgrounds or others in the lower socio economic order.

Now of course much of what I am saying is about an idealised and for many their can not be a good memory, but today seems to end too early, at 8 or 9 rather than early teens. The s then are too high and we wonder at the mental pressures on our .

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Girls and boys

Its both girls and boys who are presented with early sexualisation , a drive for personal gratification and the subtleties of the pursuit of violence.  Instagram, and reality TV presents things to far from reality.

May background in psychology has made me interested in the subtleties of marketing.  I have become even more aware of the way alpha brainwaves are induced and how they are used to create trance states in which our unconscious minds can be influenced.

Then what of our daughters, sisters, mothers,  whose mothers and grandmothers struggled to create a more equitable place in the for them and where by the age of 13 that place is being offered in a totally remolded form.

We need to re respect and  , we need to know it and understand it in ourselves, my worry is for many of us was so traumatic we are trying to remove it everywhere we find it. There is so much more to say on this subject.

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