We live in an era of fear of all manner of dangers, many of them highly exaggerated. This extends to many parents not allowing their children out of their sight. I have been interested in the so-called ‘Free-Range Kids’ movement, where parents are encouraged to give their children more freedom to roam the neighborhood and not have adults hovering over them all the time.
I have to admit that although I was a free-range kid, I did not give my own children the same amount of freedom that I had. Of course, I grew up in a different time and in a different place where safety from human predators was pretty much taken for granted. But there is no question that I bought into the idea that America was too dangerous a place to let my children wander around freely, although we live in a safe neighborhood where I have never heard of any child being harmed while being outside.
Jordan Klepper talks to people on both sides of the free-range movement.
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