Unlimited technology, society’s influence corrupt children’s innocence

Jansen Hess, Sports Editor

Think about it.
Think about how much we’ve progressed since we were born. Think about yourself as a sixth grader compared to sixth graders today.
Because I sure didn’t say, “I don’t have a dirty mind, I have a sexy imagination,” as an 11 year old.
When I heard this come out of my sister’s friend’s mouth, I was in shock.
She’s a baby. She’s so innocent. Eleven year olds shouldn’t know this stuff. I blame technology, honestly. When I was their age, I didn’t have a cell phone, and my
TV had parental controls that restricted TV past 11 p.m. and anything with an over PG rating.
Now, kids have nicer cell phones and belong to more social networking sites than I do. Their innocence is being
destroyed by the overexposure to all these adult-like things. When I was their age, my friends had to plan out their
hugs with their boyfriend of that particular week. Now the sixth grade couples can’t keep their hands off of each other. Most kids these days have a smartphone, an iPad or
some sort of tablet. All these devices have the ability to ac- cess the Internet or support social networking sites. These open a whole gateway to a more mature life that middle schoolers really don’t need to be experiencing just quite yet.
It makes me scared for what’s going to become of their lives by the time they’re in high school.
A sixth grader I know has already told me about all the different types of vodka and other alcohol he’s consumed. Not to mention the weed he’s smoked.
The only type of weed I knew of at that age was a dande- lion.
In all honesty, adults are the ones doing the exposing, whether they know it or not. The adults are the one’s who pay for the device and the phone bill. They’re allowing their kids to grow up too fast.
And it’s only going to get worse as technology progresses
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying technology is bad in the hands of kids. I’m saying they’re abusing their power by trying to act grown up.
News flash, kiddos: all us high schoolers wish we could
have our childhood back. Don’t waste it. Parents: don’t let your kids grow up too fast. Monitor
their technology and protect them because it’s a cruel world out there.
They may throw a tantrum and scream at you, saying you’re ruining their lives.
They’re middle schoolers. They’ll wake up in the morn- ing and will be perfectly fine.
But you shouldn’t be fine with your 11 year old acting like a 16 year old.
But apparently Victoria’s Secret thinks it’s perfectly OK for them to act like 18 year olds.
With their new teen line, Bright Young Things, Victoria’s Secret seems to be targeting the middle school-aged kids.
Seriously?
What 12 year old absolutely has to have a bright pink thong with the words “Call Me” or “Wild” printed across the front?
I’ll answer that for you. None. No middle schooler needs their innocence destroyed
before they even reach high school. Instead of sitting inside on their iPads taking selfies, they
should be outside enjoying their childhood while they still have it.
Because once it’s gone, they can never get it back.