Take Our Children to the Editorial Cartoon Day

Hey Folks — What a treat! After artist Richard Estell saw this anti-Free-Range cartoon in the New York Daily News:

Estell drew a cartoon of his own. (Note what it says on the newspaper in the garbage: Homelessness – Not Funny.) Thanks, Richard!

by Richard Estell

“Take Our Kids to the Park & Leave Them There Day” Lunatic Idea? Invitation to Predators?

Hi Readers — Guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but when a blog called The Neighborhood Crime Map did what seemed like a very even-handed little post about May 22’s “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day,” the reaction was swift and hysterical:

“Is there not a culture of drug use, meanness, and violence even among kids themselves, trained by TV, movies and school cultures? This should at very least be negligence per se. To announce it publicly for benefit of predators is criminal,” said one.

“What about food, water, and restrooms. What happens when a fight breaks out. What happens when an accident takes place,” said another (who, apparently, has yet to learn the function of question marks).

And finally — there were only three comments — there’s this one:

Are you kidding? This is the most stupid idea I have ever heard of reguarding our children! I would no more leave my grandchildren alone at a park than I would my dog! And I mean any of my grandchildren! 17 to be exact! And neither would any of their parents, “Thank You LORD!” I’m sorry but this is a totally different day and age than when I grew up in the middle of a vegetable field. My grandchildren have all been informed on what to do if approached by a stranger, but what do you tell them to do if someone is bigger than they are? They can be overcome so easily and no one would be the wiser for it until they didn’t show up for dinner (hrs. from when they were grabbed!). This type of lunitic mentality just infuriates me to no end! I can’t afford to spare even one of the 17, could you? — Marsha the Protective Grammy

What most people don’t know, I guess, is the fact we are currently enjoying a record THIRTY YEAR DROP IN CRIME.  But the media is so overwhelming, so sensational and so wedded to the, “Well what if something DID go wrong?” mentality, that it almost seems sensible to treat our kids as if we’re living in a war zone.

Except we’re not. And the price we pay for our inflated fear is kids who are inside, bored, scared, screen-addicted and toddler-like in their dependency.

It really is hard to believe we have an  uphill battle trying to sell the world on an idea as wholesome as kids playing together in the park. But we do. Spread the word.  — Lenore

ADDENDUM: AS I READ THE NOTES BELOW, I REALIZE I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO ADD MY USUAL CAVEAT: THE DROP IN CRIME IS NOT BECAUSE KIDS ARE ALL INDOORS NOW. IT IS A DROP IN CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST ADULTS, TOO — IT’S AN ACROSS-THE-BOARD CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.  FOR MORE INFO ON THIS TOPIC, PLEASE CLICK HERE.