Kids: No wandering allowed

Britain’s Daily Mail writes that children today have nowhere near the roaming range of their parents or grandparents.

The article’s conclusions are a tad mismatched to the premise, but this has always struck me as a trend that no one had noted.

When I was a pre-teen, I remember wandering all over on my bike. My leash length varied depending on circumstances, but today even letting kids out of the house on their own seems to draw jeers of “how dare they let their child loose on the streets.”

When I was a pre-teen, I used to bike a few miles away to the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. The librarian there would give me microfilm rolls of old Buffalo newspapers — solely for the purpose of reading old comic strips.

Maybe I wasn’t as young as I remember — or maybe I was better behaved than I remember— but I don’t remember anyone ever giving me troubles because of my age like I see today.

I wonder if kid leashes vary in length due to the fear, uncertainty and doubt in the given time. My mom told me her parents were reactionary in that regard— questioning even the need to walk outside (more or less). That was during the red scare 1950s.
Is today terrorism, pedophiles and stupid drivers?

I’d vote for care due to the stupid drivers around here, but is there really the need to lock up our kids? The kicker obviously is we’d have to teach our kids some street sense in the process (and put a gps phone in their pocket so we can follow their every move?)

I don’t have kids so I can’t speak to what I’d do in reality, but I would have hated not being able to explore when I was a kid.