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DO you think the world is more dangerous for children today then it was 25 years ago?

Why or why not?

I am talking about generally living situations. IE... playing outside, walking to the store, staying home alone...


Asked by SleepingBeautee at 5:34 PM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Parenting Debate

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  • No, we just have the technology to spread the word faster now. "Crazy people" - predators, pedophiles, etc. - have always existed.

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 5:51 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Not really, there is just more media coverage and knowldge of crimes, etc in today's world.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 5:39 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Its more dangerous because we shelter our kids and they have no idea how to handle dangerous situations.We let them be immature into their 20's! 25 years ago,people came of age and moved out. They were prepared for life.

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:43 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • In many ways, yes. Neighborhoods and communities used to be a lot more social, so neighbors knew who each other's kids were, and if trouble came up, it wasn't too hard to find someone to help. With so many working parents and frequent movers today, a good chunk of us can hardly name our next door neighbor, let alone where they work or their telephone number.

    The internet is also a danger to children. It gives predators much quicker access to kids.

    Plus there's a lot more traffic and aggressive drivers than there were 25 years ago, so the streets aren't too safe for pedestrians of any age.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 5:49 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Nope, I sure don't.

    Things are really no more dangerous today than they were then. Things are just reported more, news is in a 24 hour cycle now, so many things are on the news now getting attentionand exposure that weren't back then.

    Children are far more protected, society is geared more towards child protection, products are geared more towards child protection, etc.. Then ever they were in the past... 25yrs ago, 30 yrs ago, 40 yrs ago (I'll only go to 40 since I'm 47 and can remember what things were like 40yrs ago.. lol) our society, parents in general, were not nearly as "safety" concsious as they are now. There are entire idustries geared towards child safety now. Not so back then.

    As far as predators and the like. Always existed. Bad things have always happened. Things like that just weren't shared as openly back then, even amongst friends and family. Much less being on the news everyday and every night.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 5:58 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Absolutely. Yes there were crazy weird people 25 years ago, but not the technology that there is now. No internet to pull the kids in and things along those lines, that has added to problems. But years ago people felt safe enough to let their kids ride bikes and play, now even in rural areas it's not as safe as it once had been.

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 5:36 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • No it's not; look at the crime rates etc. They are about she same now as they were in the 60s, 70s, etc. They did peak in the early 90's but it has gone down again. So we really are statically at the same point as we were in the 60s'-70's. The difference today is we THINK it's much worst thanks to 24 hours news channels that show the same loop, over and over and over. Discuss the same child abuse case over and over and over and will bait people into watching by making it sound like it's happening on every street corner and that every child is in danger, etc. Think about how they even bait product recalls "IS THERE A CHOKING HAZARD IN YOUR CHILD'S TOY BOX-Details @ 10 pm"! Seriously if there was a serious danger in every child's toy box why wait till 10 pm to spill the beans that product xyz was recalled. They have to bait with scare factor in order to get people to watch. And seeing we are glued to 24 hour news and.....

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 5:53 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • rip for the headlines TV shows (CSI, Law in Order, etc) we have an skewed allusion of what REALITY is!!!!

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 5:54 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • In some aspects. However, the things we know today through the media existed 25/50 even 75 years ago. They just weren't publisized like they are today. People don't realize that cheating, drugs, kidnapping, rapitsts.. All of that happened when our parents were parents. It just wasn't as wildly known. Most people were too ashamed, so they never said anything.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 7:36 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • No now its just more technology to hide them better and more reach.

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 5:42 PM on Aug. 6, 2010