Modern British kids have long online days. You Tube and X-Box appear to be the objects of their undivided attention along with virtual playgrounds Snapchat and Facebook.
Just as I was once excited about getting home from school to read about Samurai and listen to Rush on my stereo, modern kids can't wait to get in and go on X-Box and listen to Ed Sheeran on their smartphones.
Who am I to say whether one is different to the other and certainly I can't say whether one is better. Can you?
Kids are kids and get excited about stuff and fads, crazes and technology are all part of it for whatever generation.
Yet there persists a nagging feeling among oldies like me that kids are in some way threatened by spending so much time online.
"We" believe that it could erode their social skills, reduce their attention spans, expose them to daily online violence, even dehumanise them and maybe arching over all these, a general feeling that kids should be playing out in the fresh air with their real life mates grazing their knees and muddying their shorts.
I remember these same issues when I was a kid. I was often happy in my own company and could spend hours and hours in my bedroom doing my own thing, which was, depending on my age, reading, drawing, playing with space and monster toys, researching Kung Fu, identifying fossils, playing guitar and taping music and listening to albums to name a few of my 'projects'.
I thought this was all perfectly normal and as long as I played with friends, which I actually wanted to, my folks seemed happy. My Dad definitely thought my obsession with horror was occasionally unhealthy and did once chuck a monster mag in a bin but I think he knew that it was a global craze that he could never stop it.
Parents always fear popular culture in some way I suppose. Sometimes these fears are valid and sometimes they manifest themselves as mass paranoia. It seems ridiculous to me now that Mars Attacks cards were banned, that horror comics were the enemy of the innocent and that videos were deemed toxic enough to kids that video store owners were actually jailed!
Being a Parent and Grandparent myself I do know that some things are out of my control and that I'm not able to watch over my dependents twenty four seven. And yes, its a crazy world out there and there are some bad people.
Kids though have to lead their own lives and have space to imagine the lives of others. This is how they develop isn't it?
As a nipper I often lived in my own world and I imagine nowadays kids would have said I was a bit geeky, but that word didn't exist in 1973 when I became a teenager for the first time.
Having said that I did love playing out and playing inside with mates. Either was good and there was always something to do - playing games like Crossfire or Mouse Trap, playing with Action Men, riding scooters and bikes, walking to the park to the swings, Kung Fu fighting in the lounge, training in my home-made dojo, going up town on Saturdays for the Top Rank disco and buying records and going to the cinema.
I'm far less sociable now. I know far fewer people than I did as a kid. I suppose my world has got smaller and this brings me full circle to being online, which I am, obviously, now.
I too enjoy a cyber life. I do. It connects me to other people, but I can't help feeling that I should be out more in pubs, at sports matches, cycling, walking and feeding ducks. That somehow my time online is bad for me.
This is a pervasive idea. The Internet is the new video nasty, the new horror comic, the new Mars Attacks card. Yes, for some kids its a bad experience and it should be monitored especially for the very young. But for the majority of young teenagers its their portal into another world, a world of online friends, YouTubers, Xboxers and Ed Sheeran.
Who am I to say that my Sixties childhood was any better or for that matter healthier. As long as kids are loved and fed and kept warm in winter and protected from harm they should be fine whatever they're doing.
There are countless old and modern films I could cite as testimony to the rising fear of teenagers' online lives and its 'effects' on them. Just go back to Tron and War Games. Did we really believe that kids playing games would lead to thermonuclear war? It seems laughable now but the paranoia persisted.
Similar horrors lurked in CCTV and TV: The Running Man, ED TV, The Truman Show, The Net, The Ring and Videodrome.
Unfriended, Pulse, Feardotcom, Smiley, Chatroom, iMurders and the Circle are just a splattering of the latest fayre produced by adults to be viewed by a teenage population eager for more online kicks on phones, ipads, tablets and iwatches wherever they are.
Watching movies about how bad it could get is something we all do. This schadenfreude is at the heart of horror and thriller films and watching them help s us all carry on knowing its just fantasy and we will be alright when the movie's over.
I suppose maybe thats the difference nowadays to when we were kids. TV isn't king anymore. Kids don't come in with grazed knees after scrabbling up the canal bank desperate to watch Crackerjack at 5 to 5, faces reddened with oxygen and shorts blathered in good old-fashioned mud.
The net has taken over and access to any form of cybertainment is universally available to all kids everywhere anytime.
Its a brave new childhood for modern kids but is it really any different from the ones we had?
What do you think readers?