Regarding Sandy Banks' March 23 column, "Behind rape headlines, the danger of binge drinking":
Binge drinking is only a small part of the perils our children face today. The article references the atrocities that occurred when a Steubenville, Ohio, girl was too drunk to remember what happened at a party she attended. While the article focuses on the insanity of teenage binge drinking, an encyclopedia series should be written about the overall problems our children face, starting with what our children see in every form of media from a very young age to the never-ending messages they receive living in a "sex sells" culture.
It is almost impossible to arrive at the age of 15 or 16 and have a clue about what is real and healthy. Parents are plagued with having to stay ahead of the curve in order to direct our children. When there is so much negativity to worry about, it zaps the energy parents could be putting into raising a healthy family. Not to mention parents who are not computer or technically savvy - talk about an uneven playing field. The odds are stacked against us.
I happen to be computer literate and try my best to stay on top of parental controls and awareness in general - but it's exhausting. It becomes next to impossible for morality, religion and other healthy influences to stand up to such darkness and lack of sensitivity.
Banks mentions the need for more to happen in the home to prevent such occurrences. How about starting with everyone facing the truth about what's really happening in our world. Media need to do a 360 in their approach. Attitudes need to change. And people need to become more realistic about standards for their kids.
Many parents and kids need to wake up and learn about the hard work that goes into building strong character, and stop acting like animals.