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Childhood - The 21st Century

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How advanced they are, these children of the future,
Like small adults, within their tiny frames,
They grow up in a fast 'speed driven' culture,
Where 'learning pressures' change their kind of games,
Where is their childhood, in all this hurly burly,
Where is their pure untainted view of things,
Why do they have to grow so old, so early,
And lose the joy that only childhood brings.

Our childhood was filled with thoughts of joy and gladness,
We lived our lives, oblivious to the world
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Ellen Ni Bheachain 13 March 2021
Enjoyed reading your poem. Today's generation and technology use is so far from when I was a child, and my imagination was used.
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xilef hcilrhe 10 May 2020
not quite as good as Raphael De La Ghetto
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Sucker 22 July 2019
What s the theme
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anonymous 09 January 2019
like when you are still reading this in 2018
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Michael Cochrane 08 February 2017
Very good poem the world is too tied up with electronic phones laptops children are losing what it means to play outside climb a tree even its sad and they will grow up too fast in a world that is self asbsorbed with oneself. Loved your poems please read my poems and comment on them yours michael
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Laurie Van Der Hart 14 August 2016
Interesting poem, Ernestine! I share many of your thoughts. I feel that the screen-fed generation are having their imagination stunted and so many kids are inactive physically and can't think up or create things to do. And all the time they're bring exposed to the horrors of the world at an unprecedented level. At the same time I think kids have amazing opportunities to learn such as we never had. We tend to idealze our childhoods, which were often not as rosy as we make out. Best we can do as parents and grandparents is to try to create a balance and help kids to make use of the modern world without losing touch with the best of times past.
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Ashley Stone 26 March 2009
Being a product of this 21st century I understand what you mean and long for a childhood I know I shall not receive.
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John Tiong Chunghoo 31 March 2008
lovely ernest. a vast ground to be explored. thanks for the write.
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Andrew Blakemore 21 March 2008
Yes children seem to grow up far too quickly nowadays. It's a real shame. Great write, I really enjoyed reading it. Andrew x
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Bethany Cook 28 April 2007
hi, i am 17, writing an essay for society and culture about this topic...how childhood has changed since previous generations. anyone who may read this, i would love to hear any opinions and thoughts about this issue. ANYTHING will be muchly appreciated! ! this is a great insightful poem...keep working! ! thanks bethany cookie_089@hotmail.com
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