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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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rain_oubliette
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.
natf
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
a) Ditto.
b) Exactly.
natf
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
c) Icon love. Permission to snag?
rain_oubliette
Aug. 4th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, please. :D It's one I made.
natf
Aug. 4th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Will credit you if I use it.
natf
Aug. 4th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
P.S. Done!

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