Hi Readers — This is an article about a BBC show debuting today the examines how “Stranger Danger” changed the way kids play. Sometimes I wonder if “stranger” and “danger” didn’t rhyme, if things would be different. It’s such a catchy phrase, it almost sounds as if “stranger” and “danger” always went together.
But I digress. The point of the article is that while isolated childhood tragedies have always occurred, parents didn’t focus on them until fairly recent times when “intense media coverage of child sexual abuse, abduction and murder” became the order of the day. In other words: We got fear hammered into us.
Meantime, a new and real threat to children did emerge over the past 50 years: traffic, as more families got cars. The final straw? Architecture. Slum clearance meant that thousands of old, modest, eyes-on-the-street homes got torn down and replaced by high rises. It’s harder to keep an eye on kids when they are several stories below.
The series sounds great and even greater is the fact that this has become a big topic of discussion! Now if only England wouldn’t require background checks for the class mom bringing in cupcakes, or anyone who carpools kids to Sunday school more than once a month, we’d be really getting somewhere! — Lenore