The Problem with Kids These Days

Recently I had a Facebook post about some inconsiderate family on the MRT that showed both the good and bad side of our society. This post also garnered quite a number of likes and comments.
[My average is about 5 likes and comments per post only ok! Don't judge me!]

And this got me wondering. What's wrong with our society today? I believe that the parents play a major role in determining if the kids grow up to be kind, courteous Samaritans or selfish, egoistic monkeys from hell.

Coming from somewhere between the Gen X and Gen Y era, my parents didn't really actively promote the need to be kind and considerate. However, I would like to think that I still grew up to be quite the gentleman.

And I believe I may have found the root of the problem...


During my time, we had cartoons like...

Captain Planet and the 5 meddling kids
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The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and his weird looking friends
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And kid shows like...

The Street which everyone always forgets how to go to that they had to write a song about it
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Barney, our little purple friend
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Lamp Chop's never ending Play-along song
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The Teletubbies who confused us all about their genders
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These were the cartoons and shows that we would wake up every weekend at 8.30am just to make sure we don't miss a single episode. And I would still be watching them even at 20 years of age.

And each episode of these cartoons and shows would be centered around 1 important social value. Forgiveness, Friendship, Family, Courtesy, Recycling etc. Unknowingly to us, we were being brainwashed [in a good way] to instill these values into our tiny little minds without us even knowing it.

Now, let's take a look at what type of cartoons and kid shows our young ones are watching these days...

Our Yellow Square-panted Sponge and his gang of misfits
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Timmy Turner and his very odd fairy parents
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The Perverted Zig who's always trying to get his hands on Sharko's girl
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Hmmm... Lots of laughs, lots of violence and lots of dirty hidden jokes if you are fast enough to catch them. But so far nothing too educational going on around here. Let's hope the live-action shows are doing better...

The "You ruined my birthday because you bought me a red Ferrari when I told you I wanted a pink one! I HATE YOU!" show
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We're handsome, rich and famous! You should dream of being like us too!
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and of course, my favourite...

No. Just. No.
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Yes, I know that you are going to say "But these shows are targeted at the teenagers!". Yes, they are. But guess who are the ones watching them every week on the cable channels? Back in our days, we didn't even have any shows that were catered to the teenage market. And that may have been a good thing.

Still don't believe me? Check out some of the cool stuff that happens in these "children cartoons"...

After Squidward asks Spongebob to bury himself...
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Timmy's bad habit
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Where are the lessons in values? Where's the kindness? Where's the generosity? Where's the family bonding? And it sure doesn't help when all we hear on our top 20 charts are song about booze, girls, sex and money.

Not only do the parents of today have to juggle work and family because of the extremely stressful high standard of living in Singapore, but it seems that we have to "watch" what our kids are watching too.

So back to the point, I don't blame the kids for having no basic courtesy and no sense of kindness instilled in them. But I'm pointing the finger back to their parents who do not instill this as a family principle in their households. Schools can only teach so much. The majority of the work still has to be done by the people in direct contact with the child after school hours.

If you can't lead, then please don't breed!

And of course, I still miss some of my favourite cartoons. Bring back the cartoons of our day!

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