Check this out from Reason Magazine.
A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.
What’s more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents)
Some of this may be artifact of the tendency of poll takers to want to answer polls the way they perceive to be correctly, but still. I was running off playing in the woods and playing sports with the neighbor kids from around the 3rd grade IIRC.
Perhaps part of the problem here is with the word park, although the second paragraph says “outside.” People hear park and they automatically think creepy pedophile lurking about for young kids.
The problem these days, as I see it, is kids who don’t want to go outside because they want to stay in and play video games. We struggle with this at the Phillips’ household. We need more unsupervised outdoor play, not less.