The children of today are more inclined to manifest patterns of behaviour which would seem unlikely if viewed in the perspectives of an adult. The children of today are more aggressive in dealing with their peers, parents and teachers. They are not afraid to speak out their mind even to the extent of causing some concerns to other people. Some say that this is a manifestation that today’s children are more matured intellectually, socially and emotionally. But this may be viewed differently by adults. Decades ago, children are better seen than heard. They do not talk too much unless asked or encouraged to do so by their parents or children. But today, most children are loquacious; some of them even interrupt in the middle of a discussion intended for adults. This behaviour may seem disrespectful to most adults but taken in the context of reality by which these kids grew, we would realize that there exists what we call intergenerational clashes and disputes between parents and their children. The generation by which our children of today grew up is definitely different from that of the generation of our parents and grandparents. In addition, differences of opinion can arise regarding the adverse behaviour of the youth when perceived by the adults as behaviour that conflicts with customs and traditions.
Another observation about the children of today is their great natural proclivity in using technology. Of course, we can safely argue that this behaviour is an influence of mass media, pop culture and globalization. This proliferation of technology use among children of today is continually being reinforced by commercials or advertisements. As typically observed, the children of today would rather prefer to stay in internet cafe than browse over books, play their favourite games than do their assignments. But this should not be taken in the negative sense. While the same may have adverse effect in their academic performance, it has advantages too. Their exposure to technology makes them a lot more competent and competitive and gives them an added dimension to their social and intellectual life.
Rizal once quoted that the youth are the hope of fatherland. Given the behaviour and attitude of today’s children, will it give justice to Rizal’s statement if we say that the children of today can really be the hope of tomorrow?