I think that while children perceive themselves to be "mature", they are often, not. I am making reference to my own children, and nieces and nephews. They are exposed to so much adult subject through mass media that they, and ultimately we the parents, become "desensitized". We become numb to what we see and hear.
I remember being a kid and always playing outdoors (if you are interested, here is a link: http://hubpages.com/hub/Theres-Nowhere-For-Our-Kid... This is not the case for many children today because everything in the world is in the palm of their hand. Instant gratification and too many choices to make.
Lets face it, when we were kids we had no idea what was going to happen in life. Did we ever think that Gas Prices would exceed $4.00 per gallon? So much has happened in so little time that I think we should try to slow down a little bit.
I don't know what will happen in the future, but I know that history always repeats itself. I hope that the next generation can get a grip on reality as it is fading away, and get focused on preserving the future.
Without trying to sound scary, we have the capacity to wipe out all of mankind. We have been developing that since the beginning of modern times. My hope for the future is to reverse that.
I hope that the children will wake up and start sharing. Peace can happen; greed makes it difficult, but if we realize that we are all related and can make a difference, then prosperity can prevail.