The crime rate today is equal to what it was back in 1970. In the ’70s and ’80s, crime was climbing. It peaked around 1993, and since then it’s been going down.
If you were a child in the ’70s or the ’80s and were allowed to go visit your friend down the block, or ride your bike to the library, or play in the park without your parents accompanying you, your children are no less safe than you were.
But it feels so completely different, and we’re told that it’s completely different, and frankly, when I tell people that it’s the same, nobody believes me. We’re living in really safe times, and it’s hard to believe.
Indeed, my own childhood in the early 90’s was pretty much a free reign, go outside, come back for lunch and dinner kind of deal. Hyper protection is annoying: hand sanitizers, cellphones, leashes (you ever seen those?), et al. Stop it already, your kid is fine to eat off the table. They’ll survive. Link via Kottke.