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    Of your childhood compared to children of today?

    I'll start - ( I was 10 in 1980!)
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    - the freedom we had as kids, roaming the streets until mum yelled for us to come in for dinner

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    - 3 tv channels ( you only watched ABC for countdown !)

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    I was born in 90 and I liked that we were able to just be kids and go to the park on our own from say 10yr old or play in the culdlesac at end st
    Limited technology compared to today

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    I was born in 1987, i live in a small town but i was not allowed to roam the streets, mum stayed on the side of caution.

    We were allowed to ride our bikes around our street at 8 or 9 and to the shop, i wouldnt dream of letting ds go to the shop alone.

    The BEST things about my childhood was BILLY THE KID and the super nintendo pmsl.

    And chocolate frogs (NOT fredo frogs, actual chocolates in frog shape) also bilby chocolates.

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    I was born in 85. Growing up we had heaps of freedom. We use to walk to the corner store by ourselves, play in the park across from our house, bike rides, roller blading on the bike paths through the local parks. I did all of the under the age of 7. By late primary school ( ages 10-12) i would catching buses by myself or with friends to the city or shopping centres to see movies or just shop. Freedom and things i did just increased from there.

    I don't really know how i would compare my childhood with my kids today. They are both so very different. I guess we are so safety and security conscience these days that children just don't get to experience the same sense of freedom we did in previous generations.
    I think with all the technological advances and all the gadgets we have now kids really miss out. Socialising beyond a computer screen happens less and less. Video games, computers, ipads, etc have taken over on the entertainment front.

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    I was born in 82 and had a lot of freedom. I used to ride my bike up and down our street. Go to out all day but make sure I was home by tea time. Walk to and from friends houses.
    We used to stay home alone some Thursday nights while Nanna was at bingo.
    I remember being about 11 and walking to the shop to buy my great, great aunties smokes.

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    i'm a 73 girl....we would disappear after breakfast and come home once the sun started to go down. we ran wild through the bush across the road from my house, played in the oval and park, at friend's houses. it was completely free.
    i remember playing at the tip of all things, it was so much fun!
    and at our grandparents beach house we would take a bottle of water and play on the beach, climb the cliffs, look for sea monsters etc. for hours on end.

    to be honest, i can't see any bad points.

    now, i have so much space, bush, motorbikes, a huge playground and the kids would rather play on the ipad. i understand why, but it's really quite
    sad really

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    i was born in 81, i remember playing with the kids that lived in the street, having skateboard races down the hill, riding bikes with no helmets, making go carts from scratch, having food fights, playing super nintendo.. (STILL have it , swinging off the washing line, jumping on a rectangular trampoline with no padding around it, walking to school, not wearing seat belts (in the 80's, wasn't much of a big deal really), playing hand-ball outside, and buying a little white paper bag full of mixed lollies for 5-10 cents.

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    I'm an 83 kid, I now have three kids of my own . I am so annoyed at technology , so far I have kept my 6.5 year old away from computer, xbox, wii, psp, iPod touches etc etc.
    We only own a PS3, which is hubbies and he was forced to pack it up by me for 2 years. Its just came out this year. Reason being that I HAVE to allow my 6.5 yr old to learn to play something because he is socially behind the other kids, he plays outside, rides his bike, plays with the neighbors, builds cubbies with blankets (all the things I used to do) so when he was going for a play at his friends house or a sleep over at his cousins he had NO idea how to play any of these games. He got picked on because of it!! It's ridiculous! I wish I was born in the 60's so all my kids could grow up how I did! I'm hating technology eight now (as I type from my Internet on my iPhone which I'd die if I didn't have it ;-) hahaha)

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    I was born in '79 and it was a wonderful time to grow up. Technology was much simpler and if you wanted to get in touch with your pals, you called them on the home phone!

    We had gaming consoles from the age of about 10 onwards but we still spent loads of time playing outside and doing other things.

    I am a massive fan of the Internet, but I think kids would be better off without it. Internet bullying is rife. It also means kids socialize less outside of school because they can just text or chat online.

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    Default Re: What are the pros and cons

    I was born late 70's. For me most of the things can have their pros and cons.

    I played outside with the neighbour kids all day, event went swimming, cinema with them.
    Pros: freedom, building socialisation skill, dependence, confidence.
    Cons: without adult supervision, things would have gone wrong many times. There were men flashing us, we threw rocks at them. I was touched by one of the older boys and in the swimming pool, had no idea it was harassement and didn't really know how to react.

    Technology was vey simple compared to today. We had a b&w tv, b&w computer that used DOS.
    Pros: no internet, game addiction so good eyesight, more outdoor playing. Less exposed to inappropriate things like cyber bullying, adult porn..
    Cons: had to learn to update new technology when joining the workforce. Less exposed to the outside world, slower to learn a foreign language.


 

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