I have just nipped out to my shed to get something only to hear children still playing outside. Am I neurotic in thinking that it is irresponsible, not just because of obvious dangers but because I would want to know what they were up to.
I do have to add that I live on an Army Camp and there are guards on the gate, however, there are also several trainees on short courses and lots of contract workmen about due to the houses being refurbished, so it is not as 'safe' as people might think. iyswim
Where my brother was quartered in Catterick (not the barracks but the village) DN played out til bed time, if it was dry summer or winter, primary age upwards. Someone one the street was always watching, usually a few of the families out front having a drink and a chat, it was great!
Peadophiles are much more common than people think and the ones that we know about are the tip of the iceburg My point is that even people we have known and thought were respectible human beings can turn out to be the worst kind of predator. I personally would rather be safe than sorry.
Children under 7 are especially bad at judging distance and this is exaggerated in the dark. This means they are more at risk from traffic. Especially on camp where the roads are quiet generally and children are not so streetwise.
Better the slight risk of interferance from a paedophile than a distructive lifetime spent tucked away in from of the playstation with a pile of snacks to keep you quiet and make you forget about ever going outside into The Danger.
I had a friend at school who was never allowed out to play, never allowed back to someone's house. Her mother was a single mother and her daughter was her only child, and she was quite clear in the explainantion that Men Are Sometimes Bad.
Would it surprise you to know that said friend is now 30 and still lives at home with her mum, and won't even get a real job for fear of having to interact with men?
Which bit, peadophiles or traffic? Where the children play is only yards from vast playing fields, sometimes they hang out around the pavillion where nobody would hear if there was trouble, the walk home is not well lit, think about it. Traffic- they are far more at risk because they cannot judge speeds accurately under 7yrs and this is worse in the dark.