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What the hell is happening to kids in Britain?

I'm talking about this: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007090140,00.html (Yes I know the Sun is a crap paper - my other half bought it) Are things really this bad? 17 year olds out of their boxes on drugs, shooting each other, carrying knives,living off crime with absolutely no hope of getting a job or doing anything with their lives? I'm 35 and grew up in a poor area of South Wales where there was little work, and very little for kids to do. I remember underage drinking and smoking, petty crime and kids smoking the odd spliff but nothing like this! Has it got this much worse over time? Is it just in the large cities like London and Manchester that things are this bad? What are the Government going to do (aside from wasting taxpayers' money on wars in Iraq and filling the job market with Polish immigrants that is)? What can they do to make things better? As the mother of a 12 week old baby boy it scares me to think of him growing up in a country like this!

Asked By: LadyMoonlight!! - 2/24/2007
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We defiantly should put the children of this country first and not employed Polish immigrants in work that we can do. There are Eastern Europeans doing work which is well paid like working in Lloyd's bank. I think that children feel disillusioned in this country through lack of education. We need as a nation to be... More
Answered By: mellouckili - 2/24/2007
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they're a bunch of wankers
Answered By: Hello,is there anybody out there - 2/24/2007
 
The Parents!!!!!! Either they don't bother, wish to be absent and/or take no notice of their children and do not guide them properly.
Answered By: brainlady - 2/24/2007
 
lack of love in families.
Answered By: jljimenezs30 - 2/24/2007
 
Cool things in Britain are the same way as they are were i live, wonder why no one gives a @%#! about us :(..............
Answered By: Martin - 2/24/2007
 
Welcome to the 21st century. Yes it has gone that far downhill since you were young. It sounds like you may have a long way to go to catch up with our neighbour who keeps leading the way in crime, drive by shootings and drug dealing.
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Answered By: St N - 2/24/2007
 
You hit the nail on the head when you said... More
Answered By: neal9jsg - 2/24/2007
 
You are so so right and I cant blame you for thinking of your child in this way , my parent didn even think of what school to send me there, the school was so bad, I think what hell place i wnet to , however, I went onto further education, worked really hard, this country has many bad kids its so terrible I dont see... More
Answered By: hepp t - 2/24/2007
 
it's not just the large cities that have this trouble. But I feel it's down to a lack of respect. Nobody is allowed to be firm with the kids anymore, even the parents are discouraged from smacking them. Even in the wild, there is a hierarchy and should anyone step out of line the elders come down hard. Therefor the... More
Answered By: shovelhead jack - 2/24/2007
 
It isn't only where you live, it is everywhere, Iam talking about the U.S. too, I think it has to start at home, some of the parents I see today are the reason kids have gone wild, with the life style, lauguage and lack of morals. In my area are kids 9 yrs old and up that scare me the way they are...
Answered By: xyz - 2/24/2007
 
I know what you mean i live in a town in the north east and some of the kids there are just idiots we are in fact the town with the most vandalism in the north east. However i am lucky as the part i live in isn't to bad. Every couple of days you always see a different window smashed on a bus shelter. What joy do these... More
Answered By: smithy - 2/24/2007
 
It is worth remembering that in the forties, fifties and early sixties, when Britain was a lot poorer than today, when only the richest families owned things like cars and televisions, our kids were a lot happier and none of the problems you refer to seemed to happen... More
Answered By: Wamibo - 2/24/2007
 
Yes it is very sad, I am also a mother of a 13 year old so you can imagine my fears.. it is sad, but I think they let these types of children get away with too much, I think a harsher punishment may be in order to make them think twice!!! I also think that the parents have alot to do with it, I am a single mom also... More
Answered By: michelle b - 2/24/2007
 
I rarely read a newspaper but i see and hear the news..It's very distressing..Parents are mainly to blame,they have no control..When i was growing up,it was enough of a kick to have a crafty smoke (ordinary that is) behind the bike shed at school..Now,when i'm shopping and see and hear the way youngsters behave i want... More
Answered By: trish - 2/24/2007
 
yes it should scare you and your not alone its got like the wild west in this country and no-one seems to be able to blot it
Answered By: ruhtrachi - 2/24/2007
 
Yes Ladymoon it really is an awful situation - the trouble is no one seems to teach respect anymore... More
Answered By: Jean D - 2/24/2007
 
It is as bad as this in certain areas-mostly the worst council estates.Kids grow up in an area where all the older teens are doing drugs,hanging round in gangs and carrying weapons... More
Answered By: Greg N - 2/24/2007
 
Well marriage has been destroyed, and kids see one of their parents getting everyting for doing nothing so they think, 'well force is the way ahead, then'. Nothing else could have happened.
Answered By: Put_ya_mitts_up - 2/24/2007
 
We need to keep a sense of proportion, which the Sun avoids doing at every opportunity (any excuse to sell news print). Only a very tiny minority of youths are involved in crime and it is highly unlikely you will even come a mile within meeting any of them. These teenagers are also mainly involved in inter-gang crime... More
Answered By: James M - 2/24/2007
 
What kinds of awful children will these little creeps have when they breed ?
Answered By: lokidrew - 2/24/2007
 
You shouldn't believe everything self-dramatising teenagers tell Sun reporters cooking up a story. His gang may be the nastiest bunch since the Krays, and there are a lot of guns in Manchester, but if people were actually getting shot at the rate he claims there wouldn't be dead kids on the front pages of newspapers... More
Answered By: Bernard B - 2/24/2007
 
breakdown of family life -single parent families ,families with 2 working parents,parents who don't care about their kids... More
Answered By: phil h - 2/24/2007
 
they are getting spoiled rotten.
Answered By: abenezerscroogex - 2/24/2007
 
the trouble with kids is adults,the trouble with adults the medias ability to destort their minds and corrupt their souls,their successes can be seen everywhere, to celebrate thier ability to demoralise the adult, they have a save the children fund, when the thing the children need the most is for the adult to be put... More
Answered By: trucker - 2/25/2007
 
Labour is turning this country into a banana republic.
Answered By: Lorne - 2/26/2007
 
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