Tweens and cool

James Myers

Here is Lotty, aged 10, and her class mates, explaining cool to grown ups:

'What's cool? That's so sad a question. You mean wicked or dread. Parents always try and be trendy but they just can't do it. They always use the wrong word at the wrong time and show you up. Mum is all right but Dad is really bad. If we say waassup or safe he just looks at me and tells me to speak properly. Yesterday he picked us up from school, we never walk. Mum says she always walked to school. He had a baseball cap and he looked at us all and said 'respect'; I was so embarrassed. Adults are really uncool, my teacher is ok, she wears clothes with tassels on and she listens to Justin Timberlake and garage.