There a couple of interesting articles here and here regarding the increased marketing of grown-up clothes and behaiviour to pre-teens. i do believe this is a huge problem and would also add to it the ever younger age at which we are having children sit ‘vital’ exams and school tests. i think expecting 16 year olds to pick degree courses is often ludicrous enough but this ‘your-future-depends-on-it’ pressure seems to be being pushed ever younger – which coupled with the inevitable kick-back (helped along by the fashion/media marketing described in the above articles) does seem to be creating a generation of rather jaded mini-me’s. the saddest part of it for me is the description by a teacher (in the bbc article) of the reluctance to play and how children instead just stand around comparing mobile phones.
british bulldog might have been a tad violent but at least it was fun