Here is an interesting article on how child rearing has changed. We are severely limiting the freedom of our children because of perceptions, but not realities, of risks. There are serious concerns about the psychological effects. Are we raising children to be risk-averse, crippled by fears, and phobic?
The article also makes reference to a wonderful movie called Swallows and Amazons. See it if you can.
The risk of abduction remains tiny. In Britain, there are now half as many children killed every year in road accidents as there were in 1922 – despite a more than 25-fold increase in traffic.
In 1970, 80% of primary school-age children made the journey from home to school on their own. It was what you did. Today the figure is under 9%. Escorting children is now the norm.
We are rearing our children in captivity – their habitat shrinking almost daily.