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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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pickleboot
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?
natf
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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