So we have an asshole senator urging parents to regularly use police search tactics on their children under the assumption that teenagers are all routinely hiding drugs and weaponry in their bedrooms, despite the well-documented fact that such actions are likely to harm parent-teenager relationships very severely.
We also have people employing similar scare tactics to get the banning of video games pushed, the institution of age-based curfews (which have been proven to have no effect upon crime), and various other ageist policies and assertions.
The problem is, it's not just that "every current generation is the worst generation ever to the ones before it!" No, if only. The problem is just how incredibly amazing the current generation is, but the baby-boomers continue to paint them as an army of delinquents and criminals. They're not "just as bad", they're better.
So let's get this sorted out right now: this current generation engages in less criminal and dangerous activity than any generation previous to it. Teenagers today are not worse than ever, they are staggeringly better than ever. Every generation has been an improvement upon the last.
"2009 (the last year we have stats for) was the safest year on record since 1968. The murder rate hasn’t been this low since 1964. And 2009 wasn’t an outlier, crime has been plummeting since the mid-1990s. Drug use is also on the way down according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who say the drug use amongst 12th graders has gone down over 30% since the 1970s. This means that today’s young people are actually less likely to have guns or drugs than their parents were. In light of yesterday’s report of the mother who murdered her teenage children with a gun perhaps it should be the children who regularly search their parent’s bedrooms. -- Dave Moss.
So please, get this into your skull. Pass it the fuck around. Tell people, when they undoubtedly respond to you with their appeals to anecdotal evidence, that this is not up for debate: this a proven fact. You may very well be able to dredge up some anecdote about a horrid teenager somewhere; great work, pity that drug-abuse, violence and sex-related issues amongst teenagers, and indeed pre-teens, have been occuring for decades and are in fact less common now than in the 70s.
The reason this fact is so rarely mentioned is that it crumbles the cornerstone of almost every policy aimed at restricting youth and annihilating the elements of modern culture that so offend "conservatives" (read: Christian busy-bodies who reflect badly on their own religion), such as modern music and "sexual pop-culture." How can these things be so bad when they practically define a generation known for being stunningly non-violent, involved in their community, drug-free and responsible with sex?
Whenever you see someone advocating "tougher parenting approaches" or "banning violent video games -- for the children!" or anything like that, remember this: they're full of shit, they have an ulterior agenda, and kids today are the best they've ever been as proven by statistics.
And whether their motives are good or not, almost invariably the advice of these people, their policies, are shown to cause damage to a young person's mental health and family stability.