An article at the BBC web site discusses a survey which reveals that “more than half the population believe UK children behave like animals”. The author of the article almost attacks English people for having this view.

About 54% of the adults questioned thought that British children were “beginning to behave like animals”. More than a third agreed that “it feels like the streets are infested” with children, while 43% said something had to be done to protect adults. Around 49% said they disagreed with the statement that children who “get into trouble” were “misunderstood” and needed professional help.

British are not alone in seeing their offspring like this. In Greek islands a similar view is developed, thanks to the British children criminal behaviour there.

Are parents and the whole society in England somehow and to some degree responsible for that? What is so different in the rest of Europe or in the US?