Sometimes I wish for the good old days

WOGIAM By WOGIAM, 24th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Official reports, the behaviour and attitudes of children in recent times show that they are not spending as much time outdoors (playing and learning) as much as children are naturally inclined to and as many of them want to.

There are many reasons for this and due to a recent incident I read about, I decided to put some thoughts on paper on this issue.

Children need out door play

Watching some children run around, riding their bikes while laughing and playing with each other reminded me of the days gone by, when my siblings and I were young. Then we and any friends who lived nearby usually spent summer afternoons after school, popping into each other's homes and playing outside. We did not have the luxury of each child owing an individual bike so we learnt to share and wait for turns to ride any bikes we managed to fit on, in addition we created different kinds of play using whatever basic resources including stones, water, sand old ropes to have fun as much as we could.

Now due to the worrisome level of child abuse and threats against innocent children, many of us parents and adults are sceptical about allowing our children play even with their peers away from our door steps or back gardens.

I live in a block of flats and wish for my children to spend more time playing outside, I know they need free time to create and embark on their own adventures, learn about the immediate environment, this is good for their learning and development, but my fear my children's safety, well being and lives have put paid to my wishes.

The reality of the increasing case of grooming of children by evil predators, the increasing rate of abductions and kidnaps, the presense of monster adults who live near and among us is too strong a factor and so I will continue to restrict my children's opportunities to play freely outdoors.

Sad, I know but that it how it is.

In my adulthood and parent times, many parents are sceptical about allowing our children play outside even with their peers away from our ddor steps or back gardens, I do not have either, so my children do not have this privilege.

I wish for my children to spend more free time playing outside and know that they need this for their own learning, development and for the sheer pleasure of it. But the reality of child abductions,

Is is just me?

I acknowledge that abuse of children has always been perpetuated in the society even in the "good old" days but I personally believe this crime is on the increase all over the world.
Maybe I am being panaroid or over protective (as my children tell me sometimes) but me thinks better to be safe than sorry.


Abduction, Children Abuse, Outdoors, Play

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Jul 2014 (#)

Kids should grow up in houses with backyards where they can play safely. Kids can be taken to the park, lake, or mountains to run and play too. If we are in an area that is not safe, perhaps we should not have kids.

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author avatar vandana7
25th Jul 2014 (#)

Such houses are expensive. How many can afford them?

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author avatar snerfu
25th Jul 2014 (#)

Kids ought to grow up in houses with backyards and tall trees with hammocks hanging from low branches. Kids ought to have lemonade every half an hour...that is freedom. Everything else is plain dumb.

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author avatar WOGIAM
29th Jul 2014 (#)

I agree with you, snerfu but the reality is that with the level of abuse and attacks on children increasing, children having more freedom to explore is more of a dream.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Jul 2014 (#)

I have to agree with snerfu but life has changed so dramatically and all the old good things no longer are...

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author avatar WOGIAM
29th Jul 2014 (#)

cnwriter..carolina Life has indeed changed and for the children not always for better.

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author avatar WOGIAM
28th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comments Mark,
The problem is that it is impossible to know if child abusers live next door.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, I agree. Too much time on electronics is part of the reason!

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