DaCaptain19: Kids today cannot play - period....and it's the media's fault.If they're not engrossed in some screen-based entertainment, they are doing "organized play" - your organized soccer, baseball, etc.Kids can't just go out and build "forts" in the woods and explore - they're explicitly taught to fear anyplace but their home...but oh NO! Parents and relatives can't be trusted either...BAD TOUCH! Kids today have no imagination and therefore no idea how to be "creative". And of course unending fear of the world - don't forget to teach THAT valuable lesson!Soooo...you're not safe in your home and you're not safe out of the home.SOLUTION? GIVE UP ALL FREEDOM FOR SAFETY. Which has been the national policy since forever...and nailed down since 9/11 - perfect opportunity for the gov't to take away freedom in support of "safety"./Never mind that 99% of all "kidnappings" are by non-custodial relatives., NOT strangers.
PsiChick: /He thinks there's multiple sex offenders in our neighborhood
zedster: I always wondered how much of a link there was between stranger danger and childhood obesityAlso, there is some degree of irony that the murder of Adam Walsh, which in many ways created the mass hysteria of the idea of the man in the van coming for your children, was due to his parents leaving him to play video games in a store. Parents looking to keep their kids closer to home and in sight had to find something to keep them busy, leading to higher sales of video gamesI also encounter what I like to call the Lifetime effect, similar to the CSI effect were end users (I do IT) are scared of online stalkers and people coming after their family from watching one too many Lifetime Original Movies. I tell them chances are they are too boring for anyone to care about.
leevis: I loved being a kid. In the summer I could be out the door at seven AM and come back inside that night at nine without ever being asked where I'd been. Me and my friends rode our bikes as far as 20 miles away without a second thought.
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: I'm truly more concerned about traffic than anything. I can't explain, but most people drive like complete assholes. It also seems like there are more cars per person and each person makes more trips per day.I'd like to live in the sticks away from population but it isn't possible right now.
FlippityFlap: That's impossible now.
vernonFL: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 275x183]Children are more likely to be kidnapped or abused by family or people they know than by strangers.
Edward Rooney Dean of Students: The Muthaship: I'd try to sell them.And who would by them? They're gingers, not people.
Kazrath: And I inform her that was 5 years ago. Can you name a time before that or since? And how many people live in this city? So like at that rate it is going to be over100 years before it happens again.
leevis: Beauf: give me doughnuts: I had the best of both worlds: We lived in the 'burbs, so there were always a lot of other kids near your age and town-type places to go, and we lived on the edge of those 'burbs so we had fields and woods and creeks to play in.Mom and Dad were small town/farm kids when they grew up so they were of the "Go outside and play, be home for supper" mentality.When we got new shoes, we kept the old ones for wading in creeks and mowing the lawn.The rule was no snakes/toads/frogs/turtles/whatever-else-you-just-caught in the house.When we wanted to build a treehouse, Dad gave us the hammer with the loose head and cracked handle. Location, design, and acquisition of materials was all up to us.Baseball, football, and basketball were all played year-round.If it rolled or slid, it was raced down the hill we lived on (lots of skin got left on the pavement).If you got hurt, you were only allowed to go home unless you had a broken bone or if you were bleeding and, scrapes didn't count.Every mom on the block could/would rat you out and/or give you a needed swat of the butt for misbehavior.Homemade treats were accepted on Halloween, and adults did not accompany their kids (unless they didn't have an older sibling and were under 5).Now stay off my lawn unless you are one of my cousins' kids, and you are playing with your friends.Sounds a lot like my childhood. Once my dad got sick of me being in the house and handed me a magnifying glass, telling me not to come in until I found two snowflakes that were exactly alike.We also got to trick-or-treat after dark. Nowadays it seems like they're finishing up just when the sun's going down.
UberDave: jaylectricity: When I was 8-12 I lived on the Air Force Base in Denver. We were allowed to go anywhere on base that there were houses. Once you got to the main artery in and out of the base, that became "permission land," as in, we had to get permission to ride our bikes that far. Of course, once we got our IDs, we'd sneak off base to go to the Circle K in Aurora to buy candy.Lowry was a pretty safe base man...as long as you know to stay out of the road and even then people on Air Force bases are a little more alert for pedestrians...especially on a big training base. :)
DaCaptain19: Wanna drive across Kansas or Montana sans phone and GPS? People today would shait their pants at the mere thought.
Lumpmoose: I grew up on the edge of Billings, MT in the late 80s-early 90s. There was a ditch to the north, a ditch to the east, and plenty of dirt roads and asphalt to bike on in between. That's the difference: space. Housing developments pop up so quickly now I don't know where you could find that lifestyle and still have access to a decent job.
Krieghund: vernonFL: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 275x183]Children are more likely to be kidnapped or abused by family or people they know than by strangers.Not my children.
Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?
meat0918: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?Moral Panic.See also: Rainbow Parties; Jenkem; Bath Salts.
cefm: I flew cross-country to visit grandparents with my brother when we were 9-10. No adult supervision necessary.
Rent Party: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?Those kinds of hysteria breeding rumors always end up inevitably causing some major harm to innocent people. We have reached a state in our civilization where after we lynch someone, we can ask ourselves "Should I not have done that?"In this case, I think the tipping point wasWenatchee Child Abuse Scandal
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