Family Researcher Says School Kids Have Grown Meaner.
The Portsmouth Herald reported that a University of New Hampshire professor who’s studied families for three decades told a group of educators, law enforcement officers and parents that, “This generation that’s coming up, the generation in school right now . . . they are the meanest generation of kids we’ve ever had, and they have more ways to be mean to each other than any other generation.”
Citing studies which say that bullying affects one out of three public school children, Malcolm Smith said not only is more supervision necessary – including supervising the kids’ use of technology – “The best way to fight bullying is to establish open lines of communication in the home and make it easy for kids to come to you. The most important thing to do is talk.” (February 2011)