…seems to be confirmed in this article from the BBC, about a recent, random survey over there:
1 – Many people would think twice about helping a child, for fear their actions could be misinterpreted as an abduction.
2 – About half say they think it is unsafe for children to play unsupervised. (But the article doesn’t seem to state what age, so maybe they were thinking about very young kids).
3 – One third say that if they let their kids play on their own they would be judged harshly by their neighbors.
4 – And yet — get this — a whopping 81% believe “children playing outside helped to improve community spirit” and 70% say it makes an area “more desirable” to live in.
This sounded like a pretty solid survey, and as such it highlights the conundrum Free-Range Kids is always facing: People WANT their kids to play outside. They WANT to be able to interact with neighborhood children. They WANT to live in a vibrant community. But they are scared. And so they back off from the very things — helping, trusting, going outside — that would bring about the kind of world they’re longing for.
Free-Range Kids believes that the more we connect to each other, the more we let our children connect to the world, and the more we believe that the real world is not the same one we see on “Predators Today,” the better off everyone is.
Simple as that. — Lenore