It was. However, since it featured kids as the main characters, and being an Anglo society, people automatically assumed it was "kids are assholes".
Even with all the history and scientific studoes showing that kods can and have done epic autonmous tasks, adults still choose to tote the "brain development" schtick. And now, the smothering and hyperpolicing of yputh results in neurotic unstable adults.
Hell, adults see adulthood as a curse.
The animal kngdom shows the adults actively trainkmg their young to be independent and the young are eager and appreciative.