Depends how you look at it. If youth get online, they instantly have more freedom due to the democratization of information available in this realm. Impossible friendships are possible now. Finding a subculture that suits you is possible now. Changing your identity is possible now. But… In 3D life? Paranoia set in after 9/11. “Can’t let kids walk alone anymore to school”. Even prior to that, in the 90s, helicopter parenting, boot camps and the like were a big fad that many youth suffered with. Somewhere in the 90s, kids no longer could have their own bank accounts in the USA, and by then any “kids jobs” were snapped up by adults anyway, so no financial freedom. So, there’s been both oppression and freedoms depending on what realm.

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