London: A number of grandparents in Britain believe their grandchildren are a badly disciplined generation with no respect for elders, and they blame their own children for poor parenting, a new survey has revealed.

According to the survey, as many as one in six older people thinks their adult offspring have failed as parents; a quarter say their children are too lenient and three out of 10 say their grandchildren lack any discipline at all.

Four in 10 say their children shy away from disciplining their grandchildren for fear of upsetting them or appearing "too harsh"; in fact, kids these days are likely to receive "indirect" punishment such as having iPods and TVs removed rather than a quick smack.

Jane Silk of magazine Mature Times which commissioned the survey, was quoted by a newspaper as saying, "It's clear that there's a perceived drop in standards of discipline over the last generation."

She added: "Many grandparents think their children are far too lenient and do not set clear behavioural boundaries for their kids. Their perception is that this has resulted in a lack of respect for authority and clear values."

The survey, in fact, asked 500 grandparents about the quality of their parenting compared to their offspring's. It found three in 10 say their children are worse parents than they themselves were. Two-thirds say their grandchildren are not as harshly disciplined as their own kids are. And a quarter of the older generation say tougher discipline should be used.

One in five believes they should have better manners, 12 percent look for greater academic support and 19 percent say they should respect their elders. One in six polled says their grandchildren lack any form of respect for their parents.

When their own children were naughty, grandparents were most likely to ground, smack or send them to their bedroom. They would also receive no pocket money, go to bed with no dinner or have their ears soundly boxed.

(Agencies)