I'm not going to comment on the mental health stuff, it's not that I don't want to engage with you it's just that honestly I don't know enough to be able to hold a discussion and to be confident that I'm not accidentally misleading people. In terms of the behaviour of kids these days compared to historically I don't see a massive difference, and when looking at the subject I think it's useful to take a look at wider society as a whole at the same time. Whilst I don't think changes to parenting or philosophical changes to teaching and development have had a significant impact I do have concerns about a few changes to society that I fear might end up causing a problem. 1. Cuts to school funding. Fairly self explanatory, I don't think teachers and schools are being supported by government at the moment and I think that's going to end up impacting on the life chances of children. 2. Cuts to social and community funding, which I consider to be as important and possibly more important because of the next couple of points. 3. A difficult economic picture, this isn't just about tax or wages or any single factor but as a whole people are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. It shouldn't have an impact but a families finances can have a negative impact on development especially when you consider: 4. An increase in work culture, some of which is inevitable due to globalisation, which in my view will be evened out as companies and society find better ways to manage the 24 hr work culture, but this is also due to families needing to work more to put food on the table, specifically the shift from families with only one bread winner to families with 2 working parents for various reasons I feel could be an issue, particularly in a climate where the community sectors ability to step in and help is being stripped away by cuts. 5. A shift in society in general. This is a tricky one, people are still decent to each other on a day to day basis, we haven't transformed into monsters, but the rhetoric at the moment is becoming more and more polarised. I do wonder what impact the current climate is having on kids. Bit of a brain dump but that's kind of where I stand on the matter. I'm a pragmatist at heart, in my opinion society as a whole and over time is on a trajectory of improvement (blips such as the last few years aside) and it bothers me when I hear people harking on about how things would be much better if we could all hit kids again or whatever the next catch all cause of all the World's ills is identified as because it's almost always a distraction from a much bigger picture. People like to be able to blame something, but they want that something to be tangible and relatable so it has to be a narrow issue like corporal punishment in schools, and more importantly they want that issue to absolve them of blame and responsibility "well it was never a problem in my day, we did stuff right so none of this applies to me". It's never backed up by evidence, and it always distracts people from actually fixing the problem. Actually just to touch on your point about some aspect of society impacting the young. I've been of the opinion for a couple of years now that we're in a period of great change and flux where societal norms are changing so quickly that society can't keep up, sometimes that leads to division, and sometimes that leads to over-reaction in terms of how far we go to appease an issue. I think it's likely to calm down but there certainly does seem to be an inability in society at the moment to manage the pace of cultural change. It must be quite tricky to grow up in that kind of environment, even though you won't notice the impact at the time.