Aliska - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 101 moms have responded )
Why as a society are we all so scared of things? I constantly hear the phrase ‘you can’t do that these days’ in regard to things like...
• Kids can’t go to the park alone, these days, not like when we were kids.
• You can’t travel on public transport, these days, it’s not safe.
• You can’t let kids go to the shopping centre/swimming pool etc, on their own, these days because you don’t know who might be there.
The list goes on and on. What is it about ‘these days’? What’s wrong with ‘these days’? I am by no means a crime stats junkie and I’m happy to be corrected but whenever I read an article in the media about crime rates the trends are either that they are staying the same or decreasing, not increasing.
Why then are we so afraid of letting our kids out of our sight and even doing things ourselves when often there’s no logical basis for our fear?
For example many people are too afraid to use or let their children use public transport, particularly at night, preferring the car instead. Yet when was the last time you heard of someone being killed or seriously injured on public transport as opposed to killed or seriously injured in a car accident?
I am really curious as to why we are so afraid, ‘these days’, what do you think?