or strap together (the legs of a horse or other animal) to prevent it from
our prized possessions ‘for their protection’??
collapsing circle of youth confinement:
home for dinner
are you going
must go with a friend
within the community
within the neighborhood
within our fenced yard
you are caught outside our fence the Child Protective Services will take you
away and I’ll be charged with Child Neglect.
The scenarios for youths getting to and from school are even more revealing.
just the parent’s paranoia based on the fear-exploitation by the 24-7-365 cable
news; this paranoia has been codified into law!
really are being taken from parents and parents are being prosecuted for
‘perceived’ neglect that was accepted 'freedom' when I was young.
insight into this confinement of our youth:
preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking,
and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a
children lost the right to roam in four generations
risk-benefit equation of challenging playgrounds
attitudes to risk and safety can lead to the real long-term risks arising from
inactivity in children. Playground designers, says Jeanette Fich Jespersen of
the KOMPAN Play Institute, must resist risk averse pressures and offer children
the challenging, energetic play experiences they crave – and their health
Utah’s ‘free-range parenting’ law said
to be first in the nation
measure, sponsored by Utah state Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R), exempts from the
definition of child neglect various activities children can do without
supervision, permitting “a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of
sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to
engage in independent activities …””