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[share] "Trapping Children Indoors"

Originally posted by ysabetwordsmith at Trapping Children Indoors

Here's an illustration of how children's freedom has been curtailed over the generations.

If it's not "safe" for children to roam free, then either we have failed at creating a decent society, or we have failed to prepare young people for life; or some combination of those two.  If they are not taught how to navigate the world, assess and deal with its risks, then they will arrive at adulthood without those crucial survival skills.  And they will have access to far more dangerous things than a sidewalk to bike down or a tree to climb.  They'll be driving cars and managing their sexuality, and gods help us all if they don't know how to handle dangers safely before then.

This is so sad. It was already obvious when I was a child in the 70s and is now ridiculous, IMHO.


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Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
I am proud of every scar, scrape, cut, bruise, etc I incurred during childhood. I never wore a helmet when cycling. I never rode in a car seat. I never wore a seat belt in a car until I was 11... when it became law.

"we have failed to prepare young people for life"
This is why there are people who come to the emergency room of hospitals for bug bites and sore throats rather than a real emergency.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
a) Ditto.
b) Exactly.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
c) Icon love. Permission to snag?
Aug. 4th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, please. :D It's one I made.
Aug. 4th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Will credit you if I use it.
Aug. 4th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
P.S. Done!
Aug. 3rd, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
I keep telling myself that if a small human ever appears in my life I am going to do everything I can to give him or her as many of the freedoms I had when I was younger.

I had a much longer rant but I think that something like that is more appropriate to a journal entry of my own and less appropriate as a comment :)
Aug. 3rd, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
We are not doing the small humans thing due to the lack of spoons thing but I see that raising kids is a lot harder than it used to be.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I would be adopting if anything and even then I'm not certain that I'd be able to cope with it. We'll see.

But I think that the article you linked only touched on one small part of a much bigger issue. The restrictions and ways that children are being stunted aren't just geographical, they're emotional and educational as well.

This "everybody wins and everybody is special" attitude that is prevalent does no favors for children when they enter a real world that is, quite frankly, brutal and unfair.

Then on top of that the "do no wrong" approach to raising children is impacting the educational system, too. There's a lot of news about parents who have taken it upon themselves to hijack the educational system and force teachers to only cover topics that are palatable to the most conservative, but less attention is given to the way teachers are strongarmed by their administration and the threat of parental lawsuits into passing students whose work should be failed.

I teach in college classrooms, often with full course responsibility as a faculty associate. By the time these kids reach college, they have no idea how to take care of themselves or assume responsibility for their own actions. Many of my students have obviously been functionally illiterate, and many others have seen plagiarism as a completely acceptable means of getting by. The really sad thing is that many higher education administrations refuse to back their teachers in cases of blatant plagiarism or other academic misconduct because of the constant threat of lawsuits by overbearing parents.

Look, you got my longer rant anyway :)
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)

I do think that the "everybody wins and everybody is special" thing is more a US thing than a UK thing (where I am) but I do agree that education has dumbed down a little since I was in school (I am 45 today!).
Aug. 3rd, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
this is why my kids are at the lake, swimming on their own and i am sitting in the comfort of our air conditioned home, working on some editing. my kids are responsible, are allowed to do what they want, and aren't special snow flakes that can do no wrong. they get grounded. they work fr allowance, it is just not handed to them. and they are turning into neat people. one thing we always keep in mind is we are raising future adults, not children, and they need to function in the real world. that and we home school, which i think makes it a bit easier to make sure they are more responsible in some ways as they have to do the work or no fun time. i am not an easy teacher.;p
Aug. 3rd, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome comment :)
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
pickleboot is awesome! ;-p
Aug. 3rd, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
i am sure some of my mom friends think i am crazy for giving my kids as much freedom to roam as i do. we live in a small town. they are never more than a 25 minute walk from home, and they have cell phones, both of them, and i pay extra for a tracking feature on them so i can just hit the find my kids app and boom, there they are. i think we coddle our kids too much right now and giving our kids freedom to ride their bikes, scooters, skate boards, whatever around and explore and play and have fun is a big part of growing up. my kids started going out on their own to the park 2 years ago at 8 and 10. at 10 and 12 i let them run up to the grocery store to get last minute things for dinner. i trust them to do it. they love the responsibility. when i was zane's age(12) i was baby sitting on weekends. now kids spend so much time in front of screens or being molly coddled it scares me. what's happened to good old summer fun?
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, you are a great mum, from what I read, and we did all that without such phones and tracking capabilities!
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