When I was a kid my mom didn’t watch me that close when I was in the neighborhood playing. In fact, when I was two miles away from home playing in a thicket of woods I wasn’t under any adult supervision. As long as I checked in at lunch and at supper and was in for the night by sundown I was left to play.
My kids didn’t have quite that much freedom but almost. My grandkids are rarely unsupervised at all. It’s kind of a shame too because it’s never been safer to be a kid in America than today.
So where does that leave us in the debate over “free-range” children? Kids are dying less. They’re being killed less. They’re getting hit by cars less. And they’re going missing less frequently, too. The likelihood of any of these scenarios is both historically low and infinitesimally small.
The article is three years old but the numbers haven’t changed that much. We think things are much more dangerous but that’s due to hearing about every child in danger across all fifty states fifteen minutes after it hits the news.