On the other hand, kids today have much greater physical blessings and educational opportunities. But from babyhood, they are assaulted by the pervasive popular media. Their attention span is assaulted, their personal independence is assaulted by the fads of popular culture and from day one they are exposed to the obsessions of a sex-mad culture. I'm not sure I wouldn't rather be a kid in the late 19th century postwar South.
Yes kids have to deal with a lot today they didn't just a few generations ago... the bigger problem however isn't the fact that there is just more assaulting them, the larger problem is that parents are doing a far worse job raising them.
How many folks gripe about whats on TV.. yet make sure they have super extended cable with all the extras and premium channels in their homes? And then leave their kids alone hours every day to sit in front of the idiot box?
How many folks do you know think they are good parents, yet their kids have TV's, DVD/VCR,Computers, Telephones in their bedrooms and use them unsupervised??
Parenting is a full time job, and far too many folks are far too libertine and phone it in... and then blame society when their kids wind up in trouble.