"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets, inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
Not a contemporary viewpoint, but a quote from Plato in the fourth century BC. The blog doesn't usually devote entire posts to newspaper articles, but readers might want to take a look at a piece by Tanya Byron in today's Guardian entitled We see Children as Pestilent, which offers some thought-provoking observations about modern perceptions of children and young people.