The Kids Are Alright

While parents worry, a new poll by Nickelodeon and TIME shows that youngsters find the world a less scary place--and are in no rush to grow up

Let's face it, as grownups, it's our job to worry. And for those of us attempting to raise children at the close of this century, there's no shortage of anxieties to gnaw at the nerves and churn the gut. How, we wonder, can our children flourish and stay on course with only a few hours a day of parental devotion? How can kids focus on schoolwork when tempted by a luscious smorgasbord of multimedia junk? Hmm, would Ritalin help? Is Austin Powers too racy for a nine-year-old? How about tube tops and platform shoes? Looming larger is a more ominous concern:...

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