It's 2012. Do You Know Where Your Children Are? (Yes. They're Not Allowed Out.)
We all have stories like this. I used to get on my bike on Saturday and ride it around all day. Kids would take the city bus or subway to school. Kids would roam around in packs. Kids would play in the street until it got dark. Kids were free.
The contrast between then and now is pretty stark. From the MailOnline:
When George Thomas was eight he walked everywhere.
It was 1926 and his parents were unable to afford the fare for a tram, let alone the cost of a bike and he regularly walked six miles to his favourite fishing haunt without adult supervision.
Fast forward to 2007 and Mr Thomas's eight-year-old great-grandson Edward enjoys none of that freedom.
He is driven the few minutes to school, is taken by car to a safe place to ride his bike and can roam no more than 300 yards from home.
This can't be a good development, can it? Is the world really that much more dangerous, or are we paranoid and fearful and raising up a generation of terrified children?