Parents Should Keep Their Children

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In today’s western society, children have been taken less serious and are monitored at all times. They do not get the alone time that they so desperately need in order to grow into a more independent person. When the parent does let their child explore by themselves, they are regarded as irresponsible and negligent. When in fact being overprotective can actually hurt how the child learns and adapt. Parents should teach their children how to be safe on their own and what to do in case of an emergency. Letting them have earn this freedom can help them grow into strong confident adults. Parents should allow their children more freedom outside, less supervision, and an opportunity to be more independent and have responsibilities as the United…show more content…
“Indeed, in some cases, parents who permit their child to lead an independent life are actually criminalised” (Furedi). Recently, researchers at the University of Virginia conducted interviews with 100 parents (Wergin). In the interview, one of the researches, Jeffrey Dill wrote “nearly all respondents remember childhoods of nearly unlimited freedom, when they could ride bicycles and wander through woods, streets, parks, unmonitored by their parents”. But when it comes to their own children, the same respondents were terrified by the idea of giving them only a fraction of the freedom they once enjoyed. Many cited fear of abduction, even though crime rates have declined significantly. The most recent in-depth study found that, in 1999, only 115 children nationwide were victims of a “stereotypical kidnapping” by a stranger; the overwhelming majority were abducted by a family member. That same year, 2,931 children under 15 died as passengers in car accidents. Driving children around is statistically more dangerous than letting them roam freely. My parents would never let me out of their sight or go anywhere without some sort of supervision until I was about thirteen years old (Wergin). My mom was always on the lookout for possible predators and went so far as to never let us sit Santa’s lap at the mall because he could be a sexual predator or let us have juice from our neighbor as a reward for raking his yard,
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