I have some semi-close friends that I have suddenly realized are straying from God. The allurement of "the in thing" has took them to a place where it no longer affects them to tell people they hate their parents, or use God's name in vain, or curse someone. And yes, I'm talking in the conservative Mennonite circles too! These things are happening in our Christian day schools, behind teachers backs, behind parents backs, and even a-lot is hidden from us who aren't so popular. I mean, I'd probably have a heart-attack if I saw everything these people are into. I'm just thankful for the godly parents God gave me, taught me the right from the wrong; parents I can confide in and not be afraid of giving them my whole heart. This is where most of this comes down to- too many children do not have the parents they need- when they need them most- too many Daddy's aren't there for the 4 year old when he wants to play tractor, or when the 7 year old wants to tell about his exciting day at school- Daddy is too involved in his work, maybe it's even his Sunday School lesson. And then comes the 12 year old who is quiet around Dad, because his problems wouldn't matter much to Dad anyway, because Dad doesn't really care. And then "Jonny's" friends talk about Harry Potter books/movies (& other related material), they cuss, they talk bad about their authority, deliberately disobey authority. And what does Jonny think? I wasn't good enough to have Dad's attention, so I need to do something that'll get SOMEONE'S attention! So he starts swearing, watching movies that shouldn't ever be watched, maybe even getting into porn... Anything, that'll grab his friends attention.
Children yearn for attention, Dad's attention, Mom's attention, adult attention, period.