Thing is, nothing has changed. Well, at least not in the past 20 years. The difference is we hear more today than we did in the past. With the internet and media…it’s information overload, actually. When I was in Jr. High, back in '89-'91, it was just the same. There were drugs, there was sex, there was drinking…Actually, when I was in 6th grade, I knew a boy, in the same class as I was, who dealt marijuana.
“Underage sex” is nothing new either. It’s just way back when, it wasn’t discussed like it is now. My grandma (now in her late 70’s) had her first child when she was 17. My aunt (now approaching her 60’s) got pregnant when she was 16 or 17. My sister (now in her late 20’s) had her first child when she was 16. I could go on and on about people I know or whom I’m related to who have had kids at a young age, but, I think the point has been made…lol…It’s just gotten to a point where, as a society, we are more open about things than we were 20, 30, 50 years ago. You hear everything about EVERYTHING.
I had it rough in jr. high. I mean really rough. I was constantly bullied over something that was NOT my fault and the school did nothing, the police did nothing, I had no help or support from anyone but my parents. And that was almost 20 years ago.
I think where a lot of the problems come in is parents who truly believe things weren’t “like they are now” when they were kids. It’s so easy to forget, over time, the things we had to deal with when we were young, the things that went on around us when we were kids. But, if we stop and really think about it, most of us will realize that yes, there was drugs, there was sex, there was bullying.
When I was a kid, I suffered from severe depression (which followed me into adulthood); I tried, on many occasions to commit suicide, I was a cutter (I would intentionally cut myself to ease my internal pain), however, I hid it from everyone. My parents had no clue how badly I was suffering inside because I didn’t want them to know. It wasn’t until I joined a support group in high school that my mom and dad found out about how badly I was troubled because the school counselor became so concerned she called my parents to inform them of what was going on with me.
What is so utterly sad about this is that it hasn’t changed. Sure, it’s in the open more now than it was, however, the same problems face kids now as did 20 years ago. The educational system needs a total re-vamp, parents need to be more aware of what their kids face in their daily lives and be an integral part of their child’s life. I know, were it not for my parents, I would have turned out a much different person than I am today.