Times were different only 50 years ago when most kids had pressure enough to keep busy doing things structured by people other than themselves.
Boys, we are more worried about the boys, aren't we? They seem more dangerous.
When you aren't needed and your family gives you great freedom, there are chances you can reach the highest heights of human achievement but there are also chances you will go on your own path, maybe serving no one but your whims.
Robots will bring us more of this. The wealthier we get, the more we will get of this.
But, the percentages of children that go down such a destructive path are trivial. The big eye of "breaking news" blows them way up and out of proportion -- and I suspect news of the last event feeds some young men's mind with more advanced evil inspiration.
There was a time when outlandish, radical, crazy activity would be covered up and the news on it would be far less satisfying to our curiosity. I can't figure out if that was better -- though I'm still hanging with openness.....