Our Kids Are NOT Safe or Okay

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What does it say to a society if it starts to seriously discuss the need for the protection of children, while one side doesn’t even admit that they need protection from them?  Children are at greater risk due to decades of progressive policies and threats to cancelation. These dangers are being exposed in schools, corporate boardrooms, and online. Many people, including this writer, were not prepared to face the fact that the debate is so heated.

But children are in danger. Children are in danger because they are told by an increasing number of sectors of society that they are confused and broken. It’s also evident in the data. Axios reports on how the rate at which the current generation identifies as LGBTQ has increased in comparison to previous generations. It’s not your average homosexuality.

Respondents were asked whether they identified as lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, or some other form of heterosexuality. They could choose as many options as they liked. Respondents who provided another identity such as queer or pansexual were considered “other LGBT” and included in the estimate.

This is particularly odd because it appears to be tied in with political ideologies, which suggests it’s not — conservatives are louder about vocalizing it — organic. The purveyors seem blissfully unaware of the damage they are causing. They would be able to pull back if they knew the extent of the damage they are causing. Right?

While many are focused on the disturbing rise in sexual identity discussions by teachers at schools targeting very young kids — something Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to address with his parental rights bill — there are other threats to America’s young people, including the political agenda that has forced them to wear masks for two years.

Suzy Weiss, Bari Weiss’ Common Sense substack coordinator, tracks the performance of young people during the pandemic. It didn’t go well.

Covid wasn’t the first to notice this. Jean Twenge, a psychologist from San Diego State University, said that people are growing up slower. Jonathan Haidt (psychologist and author of “The Coddling of the American Mind”) traces the downslope to 2013 and the rise of social media. This is when 18-year-olds who were raised by helicopter parents started leaving home with only their iPhones.

These forces have been dramatically exacerbated by Covid. Young people are less able to navigate the daily hiccups of everyday life when they are kept away from bad dates, bad breakups, awkward conversations, and tough teachers.

According to the CDC, there was a 51 percent increase in suicide attempts among girls aged 12-17 between 2019 and 2020. E.R. According to the CDC admissions for eating disorders increased by two-thirds among the same group. They also tripled for tic disorders. Experts attribute this to TikTok. (In the same time frame, the U.S. suicide rate dropped by 3 percent.

Weiss spoke to a young girl who said she couldn’t find the energy to create TikTok videos. This gives us some insight into how popular this platform is among young people.

Recently, Serena was my subject. Serena had spent the past few days watching “Euphoria”, and “Shameless” on TV. The week prior, she tested positive for Covid. Serena said that Monday was a rough day for her. At the bottom of the stairs, her mom left vitamins, sandwiches, and ibuprofen. “I had no energy to make TikToks, or do my hair.”

TikTok has been playing pharmacy to these kids, as well as its disturbing ties with the Chinese Communist Party.

Every mental illness that you enter into [TikTok]’s search bar will have its own community of sufferers who share their experiences on the platform. Some people do appear to be mentally ill. Bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder is a condition that many of these people self-diagnose. It’s a rare but serious condition.

Kyle Robertson was the co-founder and CEO of Cerebral, a mental-health startup. His company delivers prescription psychiatric medication directly to customers. It also has its own TikTok account where it promotes medication management for anxiety, depression, and insomnia [and] other topics.” It even hired Simone Biles, an Olympic gymnast, as its “chief impact officer.”

TikTok plugging in SSRIs is similar to selling OxyContin without a rehab facility. You will be amazed at how it works.

The bottom line is that the children are not happy. They have been beaten by progressive policies and political agendas. Conservatives must do everything they can to save them. Admitting that there is a problem is the first step. Conservatives have an advantage in this area.