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(The Sun)   Study: 78% of parents won't let their snowflakes play outside   (thesun.co.uk ) divider line 27
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2012-11-04 09:01:35 AM  
4 votes:
I admit that I give my children about an 1/8th of the freedom I had as a child. Big difference in times though. If my boys were to partake in the type of behavior we did as children, I would be constantly dealing with child services ~ usually due to calls made by those nosey neighbors with a greater perception of how your children should be parented.
The choice to keep a tighter tether on the kids isn't from fearing the trouble the children may wander into. The choice is derived from child services being far too trigger happy when it comes to taking children from their parents and the obstacle course you're put through in order to earn them back.
2012-11-04 11:26:10 AM  
3 votes:
Anyone surprised? Really?

Consider this: starting in the 1970's, child molesters hit the news -- that the actual originating incident itself was false took over a decade to emerge and by then, the media had fanned the flames into a roaring fire. By the 2000's. pervs wanting to snatch your kid were apparently behind every rock, weed and stick outside.

Then, the sun went from healthy and beneficial to a cancer causing, evil orb in the sky. Step outside for a minute without being slathered in layers of sun block and your kids would develop cancer as you watched. Again, the media made sure everyone knew about this fact -- again and again.

Just to make you feel more secure, you were informed of about 75 different ways all of that fresh air and greenery and dirt could nastily kill you. MERSA kinda comes to mind.

Around the 80's, everyone became litigious, suing everyone else for nearly everything. Meaning if your neighbors kid stupidly plowed face first into your house wall on your yard and broke his nose, well then, you had to pay medical expenses, pain and suffering, time lost by his parents from work and the future psychiatric treatments he'd need.

It was more cost effective to not let your kid have friends over.

Playing a game of Tag or Capture The Flag could have the SWAT team called out and the Division of Family Services would come and give you the Evil Eye.

Then, it was decided you couldn't smack your kid for discipline. Do so and go to jail. DFS would get involved -- again.

Go swimming at a beach or pond? 27 different forms of marine life were waiting to munch on your kid along with brain eating parasites, rip tides that would whisk him to France and 'Nasty Things' folks dropped in the sand.

Don't forget the drug dealers and gang mambers swarming around either wanting to recruit your kid, beat him up, shoot him or sell him brain burning things like bath salts.

In school, according to the media, every teacher wanted to have sex with him or her. Every teacher was a physically abusive, mentally tormenting, pain inducing sadist. Plus forced physical activity like gym class was now against his or her Rights.

Did I mention the bullies lining up on school grounds to torment your little darling? Apparently, they have lists of who to pick on which day and a schedule to keep.

There are now so many confusing, government backed regulations in schools that nearly anything your kid does or wears to express himself is going to get him in trouble. He had best not even think about touching a member of the opposite sex for any reason or he'll be branded a sex offender for life.

Stay away from public playgrounds with equipment on them. Everything there can injure or infect your kid and you'll just have to sue the city, the workers who maintain the stuff and even the companies who made it.

If you have a kid, you'll most certainly need a lawyer.

Don't tell them about the 'Birds and the Bee's'; you'll be a sex offender. Plus, there's Killer Bee's out there.

If you let your kid outside, make sure you have a first aid kit that would impress an Emergency Room. You'll need it for any scratch or cut can infect him and rot his arm off.

The Media assures you of that.

No playing in puddles either after rain storms. They're basically cesspools of bacteria and human fecal matter. No making paper boats or airplanes: a waste of resources.

If he climbs trees then he's a little psycho. He doesn't care how dangerous they are. Rush him to a shrink.

After all, folks much smarter and wiser than you have determined this.

/Glad I never had kids.
2012-11-04 08:20:10 AM  
3 votes:
Moms and dads, put them outside. The strong ones will survive and be able to take care of you in your old age. A weak kid won't do you any good when you're 75, so cull them now and save a buck or two
2012-11-04 09:47:15 AM  
2 votes:
Our little guy is two. We have a low-traffic, one-lane wooded road next to our house that we usually go for walks down, and he's learned, just from observation (because the traffic is indeed so low we usually walk in the middle of the road) that when he hears an approaching vehicle we all run to the side of the road. He takes this duty very seriously, to make sure we all get clear. He's so keen on this that he makes sure we get off the road for traffic we can hear a kilometer away, on a different road. Safety first!

Not all kids are dumb and unable to be trusted in the vicinity of pavement and motor vehicles to not get themselves killed.

He also can't stand to stay in the house past 9am. We don't even have to insist he goes out; he insists we go out. We're pretty lucky, I guess. =)
2012-11-04 09:05:42 AM  
2 votes:
A child that grows up without at least one trip to the doctor / hospital because of a play-related injury hasn't had a real childhood. Children are supposed to push those boundaries. Sometimes they get hurt as a result. It's a learning experience.

Too many of today's parents are a bunch of sissies and the damage they're doing to their kids is worse than a broken arm or skinned knee.
2012-11-04 08:34:55 AM  
2 votes:
Uhhh, kids under 10 shouldn't play in the street. Hell, unless you live on a quiet cul-de-sac, no one should play in the street. The street is for cars.
2012-11-04 08:31:25 AM  
2 votes:
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - Mark Twain
2012-11-04 08:25:25 AM  
2 votes:
I remember when my parents wouldn't let me play inside.
2012-11-04 01:31:07 PM  
1 vote:
In London:

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2012-11-04 12:13:48 PM  
1 vote:
One of the main problems is that there are now few actual places in which to play or roam. In my childhood there were wooded areas and vacant or semi-vacant lots, but those places no longer exist, especially in suburbia, because land costs too much to let it sit idle.
2012-11-04 11:32:04 AM  
1 vote:
And that my friends....leads to THIS!

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2012-11-04 10:36:22 AM  
1 vote:

Uncle Tractor: A child that grows up without at least one trip to the doctor / hospital because of a play-related injury hasn't had a real childhood. Children are supposed to push those boundaries. Sometimes they get hurt as a result. It's a learning experience.

Too many of today's parents are a bunch of sissies and the damage they're doing to their kids is worse than a broken arm or skinned knee.


Bravo! - couldn't have said it better myself!
No wonder these kids are all fat pieces of shiat? They get no physical exercise and no human interaction. Qualifies as one of the worse forms of abuse in my mind.
2012-11-04 10:09:41 AM  
1 vote:
Hmmm I wonder why kids are so fat these days?
2012-11-04 10:08:46 AM  
1 vote:
I let my kids go out wandering the neighborhood after dark. The only think I insisted was that they take the dog.
When my oldest was 15 she complained that the dog wouldn't let her boyfriend come within 6 feet of her. Good Dog!
2012-11-04 09:16:56 AM  
1 vote:

muzzrphochr: dittybopper: i52.tinypic.com

You were making a good point....till this pic. Packing a cannon may be a tad extreme.


He's *CLEANING* it.
2012-11-04 09:12:49 AM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: ninotchka: Do you live in my neighborhood? People are ridiculous here. Most of them either have no kids or have one precious snowflake

In my neighborhood the average number of kids per house with kids is 2. We have one, neighbor has 2, then 1, then 1, then 5.


The neighborhood we're currently in is nice, but it doesn't compare to the awesome that was our old neighborhood. The old neighborhood was primarily working class and most of the house held two nuclear families with kids. So, a three bedroom house might contain two brothers, their wives and five or six kids. The kids played together all the time. We parents exchanged phone numbers to keep up with them. Some of the Moms worked and we made a list of houses the latch key kids could flee to in case of a dire emergency. I was deeply impressed with the fact that a few people in the area, who had adult children or who had never had children, came around and said "Put me on that emergency list for the kids."

I used to bake cookies from early October to late February. There were so many kids to gobble them up, they would disappear in an hour and no one got fat. In this neighborhood, a single batch of cookies goes stale before they are finished. It sucks a lot of the fun out of baking cookies.

There was a little girl next door that used to come over about three times a year and request a birthday cake for her Mom. She and I would look at recipes together. I would let several kids help make the cake giving out one egg each to three or four children, letting them take turns with the mixer, and so on. I would write "Happy Birthday xxxxx" on the cake with frosting. One day the Mom, who spoke little English, came over with a much older daughter to explain that she only had one birthday a year. It was so funny.

I like the new neighborhood, but it could use a lot more kids.
2012-11-04 09:11:15 AM  
1 vote:

muzzrphochr: I admit that I give my children about an 1/8th of the freedom I had as a child. Big difference in times though. If my boys were to partake in the type of behavior we did as children, I would be constantly dealing with child services ~ usually due to calls made by those nosey neighbors with a greater perception of how your children should be parented.
The choice to keep a tighter tether on the kids isn't from fearing the trouble the children may wander into. The choice is derived from child services being far too trigger happy when it comes to taking children from their parents and the obstacle course you're put through in order to earn them back.


This times infinity. People act like everything is their business all the time no matter what because we must be vigilant citizens.

And for the record, no there aren't as many bikes going up and down my hill as there were when we were kids, but at the same time, there are off-the-main-road developments out there to play in, too. I don't go driving around them, but I hope there are kids out there now.
2012-11-04 09:08:04 AM  
1 vote:
Techincally, the people saying that its so much safer now for kids might be messing up the causality, i.e. its safer for kids because they are no longer playing outside unsupervised.
2012-11-04 09:06:47 AM  
1 vote:

Lunaville: I understand giving into the peer pressure to keep your kids on lock down at all times. I periodically make my kids go outside. I have neighbors come over and report that my children were riding their bikes in the road. Yes, well circling the front lawn gets awfully boring. On another occasion, a neighbor dropped by because he thought I should know my kids were playing in the narrow strip of woods behind our house. He looked perfectly horrified when I said "Yeah, I gave them a choice between going out to play or scrubbing the toilet."

I haven't done that in a while and it's time for me to get back on my toes. Yesterday, my kids spent about 10 hours on electronic devices. One spent the entire day playing a single video game. We all love our computerized activities, but geesh, that's not healthy.


This. My 3 yr old plays outside with parental supervision. There are several.older kids (5-8 yrs old) who play with him. He loves being outside, and by god we're going to nurture that.

Too many of my students are on devices constantly. Many of them have never really been allowed to be kids and explore because they have helicopter parents. The kids and parents both are outrageously obnoxious.

My son will be covered in dirt as much as possible. I want him to have the same freedom in childhood as i did.
2012-11-04 08:57:58 AM  
1 vote:

orbister: thurstonxhowell: Uhhh, kids under 10 shouldn't play in the street.

"Play in the street" is UK -speak for "play around the neighbourhood", as opposed to playing in parks, gardens and other set-aside areas.


Yet another example of two peoples separated by a common language.
2012-11-04 08:53:04 AM  
1 vote:

thurstonxhowell: Uhhh, kids under 10 shouldn't play in the street.


"Play in the street" is UK -speak for "play around the neighbourhood", as opposed to playing in parks, gardens and other set-aside areas.
2012-11-04 08:47:57 AM  
1 vote:

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Hater's gonna hate

2012-11-04 08:46:47 AM  
1 vote:

bborchar: Uh, no, I'm not going to let my under-10 year old children play in the street. Especially considering our road is a high traffic road. In our yard, though? Of course. At the playground? Definitely. Let them on a computer? Not yet. Not sure how "playing outside" got equated to "playing in the street". I would hope that no parents were letting their kids play in the street.


Because cyclists have no right to use the road? Most kids get their first bike at around age six. The road is where most people ride their bikes. I'm certain that's where you rode yours and still do if you own a bike.
You're why I went to my doctor when my kids received their first bicycles and said "Help, I need a Valium prescription." Wisely, he said "No."
Yes, I know you're going to argue that things are different now than when you were a kid and that's why todays' children shouldn't be allowed to ride their bikes in the street. And you're right things are different. A lot more people are a$$holes about kids now.
2012-11-04 08:35:25 AM  
1 vote:

INeedAName: there were times my mother had to practically put out an APB to figure out where my friends and I had wandered off to.


My parents didn't have that problem, because they didn't call us.
They'd call the dogs.

/Dogs went where we went.
/we went where the dogs went.
/German shepherds know where the action is at.
2012-11-04 08:31:41 AM  
1 vote:

Stantz: [img.photobucket.com image 460x276]


I don't think there is room to print pictures of the million five-year-olds who haven't been abducted and killed by trusted friends of the family this year. Still, it's nice to hear that somebody is thinking of teh children.
2012-11-04 08:29:24 AM  
1 vote:
The comments in the article seem to support what the article claims, sadly. People are idiots. Crime is way down from a couple decades ago. Go read the UCR (uniform crime reports) from the FBI. The sensationalism in media is what makes everyone think crime is all over and higher than ever. If I ever have kids, they damn well will be outside. Might even make them drink hose water.
2012-11-04 08:23:11 AM  
1 vote:
I understand giving into the peer pressure to keep your kids on lock down at all times. I periodically make my kids go outside. I have neighbors come over and report that my children were riding their bikes in the road. Yes, well circling the front lawn gets awfully boring. On another occasion, a neighbor dropped by because he thought I should know my kids were playing in the narrow strip of woods behind our house. He looked perfectly horrified when I said "Yeah, I gave them a choice between going out to play or scrubbing the toilet."

I haven't done that in a while and it's time for me to get back on my toes. Yesterday, my kids spent about 10 hours on electronic devices. One spent the entire day playing a single video game. We all love our computerized activities, but geesh, that's not healthy.
 
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