I have two day jobs - I work in learning support in a primary school and as a swimming teacher. Obviously both these jobs involve close interaction with a fair number of small children. Sadly there are some that you see who will probably end up committing crimes - but on the flip side there are many more who amaze me with their capacity to be kind, thoughtful and very selfless.
Just this week I was teaching a swimming class for three year olds. Two of the girls have been swimming a long time and are confident in the water, while the third has just started lessons and is very fearful. Rather than being scornful that this little girl was scared the other two made it their mission to gently coax her into the water and to take part in the lesson. I was blown away at the way they encouraged their new friend (they'd only just met) and praised her very small successes. They comforted her when she cried (how cute is a three year old group hug?) and assured her that I was very nice and wouldn't let her drown! By the end of the lesson she was playing happily on the step and assured her parents she wanted to come back next week.
So, yes kids can be horrible and cruel but they can also be extremely kind, compassionate and tolerant. Let's spread a few more of these kind of positive stories instead of only dwelling on the negative.