*long post alert* i have the habit of going for walks in my locality, there are many schools and colleges in the vicinity and while chatting with neighbours and neighbours families, and with frequent get together with relatives, I get a good chance to see school and college students and interact with them. I just feel that these days school and college students are far better off than me and my batchmates during my time.. I'm not going to reveal my age as it makes me feel old, but it would suffice to say that it's been approximately a decade since college days.. I was from a very traditional family setup and a very humble family background. Apart from school uniforms, at any point of time I only had 4-5 sets of clothes with maybe one or 2 sets of good clothes for wearing to functions or some major outing. New clothes would be purchased only on major festivals, or major family functions like marriage of close relative etc..any clothes, inner wears etc would be used again and again and only after getting outgrown or worn out I would get new set clothes with old ones being promptly donated to domestic helps. Any requests from me for new dresses, accessories , toys etc wouldn't be entertained by parents or grand parents as they had lot of financial constraints. Also they felt its waste of money to buy costly dresses for growing child. Any cash gifts or clothes gifts from relatives would be handed over to parents to be used as they feel right..now kids themselves pocket the cash gifts like 500Rs etc given by visiting relatives and use it themselves like pocket money. Very limited toys I had, and I have never owned "building blocks" during my entire childhood, have only played with those belonging to friends. Cable TV was a luxury that time. It was promptly cut off during exam time and even during holidays I could watch favourite cartoon or serial only with permission of family members. Not any distractions from studies like now.. On the other hand I see kids being pampered left and right by indulging parents and grandparents, 1000s of rupees spent on branded apparels for kids, expensive toys etc..different toys being bought for each age group..kids hog the TV to watch favourite cartoons. In my school days and early college days, internet connection for home was a luxury and very few had it.. Me and my classmates used to hunt school, College libraries, nearby public libraries, cyber cafes etc in the search for information for working on school and college assignments and holiday homework..now, it's no big deal and just a few clicks on the home desktop or laptop would give all the information needed to complete the Project or assignment. In my childhood days, I was severely bullied..for my looks, for my overweight and for few reasons more due to which I was shy and withdrawn..I didn't have proper support systems for addressing such bullying either by childhood friends or classmates at school.. I have faced severe depression and self esteem issues and eating disorder which went unnoticed by anyone till my teenage years when I mustered self confidence to overcome them. But now I feel teachers and parents are a lot more interactive and parents can come to know if something is wrong with the child during PTA meetings, and parents are a lot more interactive in boosting confidence in kids to make them more bold and courageous. During my childhood days and early college days, Internet, mobile phones, smart phones, laptops etc were unheard of, so we were cut off from technology so could actually spend time in playing in the fresh air with friends, roaming freely in roads as the traffic pollution etc were almost non existent, but now kids are pretty much occupies with their gadgets and physical activity is missing. . Also they have a lot more access to junk food and fast food than I had in my childhood days, I meant have tasted pizza for first time in high school before that I didn't even what it was..burger French fries and other junk food I could taste during college days while hanging out with friends..now I'm shocked to see toddlers and primary school kids being fed all kinds of fast food at malls and restaurants...parents maybe are too busy to give home cooked food just find it convenient to give such foods and eat out on weekends. Kids also throw tantrums when not allowed to eat these. My relatives kids who are of school going age, are always online. They have their own smartphone iPad and laptop. Even when on vacation or travelling they want Internet access. If Internet access is not there they throw tantrums. I felt like posting something late in the night and this is also a vent! In spite of the drawbacks, I feel that today's generation of kids are a lot more well informed, smarter, pampered, and know to get what they want unlike "previous generation" kids. What say?