So, yeah, this self-congratulatory anti-youth screed pretty much makes me want to commit murders.
First off: it isn’t kids who choose to avoid roughhousing or “accidents” or who demand to be put on Little League teams even if they’re shitty at playing baseball or who don’t let kids just wander around. That would be parents who make those choices. If you let kids do dangerous or stupid crap or let them perform activities they might suck at but which are fun they will always do it because they are kids. Frankly, the celebration of the videomaker’s own childhood here is essentially a condemnation of the same generation’s parenting!
Second: parents getting their kids out of trouble at school or with the law isn’t a new thing invented by this generation. For as long as there have been parents, there have been parents who will move heaven and earth in order to make sure their kids avoid any serious repercussions from the stupid shit kids do. Those parents are known as “practically all parents ever.” It’s just that nowadays you see more parents doing it, because more parents have realized that The Authorities are not necessarily on their side. (Thirty years of a drug war might just have something to do with that.) And of course there’s the unspoken issue of privilege rearing its ugly head here.
Oh, and of course there’s a little “what kids play now with is stupid and shitty” because the author grew up without video games and the internet and all those other things that are totally awesome. Bikes are awesome too. One is not exclusive of the other! Most kids today play video games AND ride bikes!