Would you rather live in a community where everyone rushes home, locks the doors, and calls 911 when they see a child walking outside, alone? Or a community where kids hop on their bikes to visit friends, cops chat with the kids to make sure all's well, and neighbors look out for each other?
Pretty easy to guess. The problem is, despite a crime rate back to what it was in 1963, many people feel it is too dangerous for kids -- or anyone! -- to enjoy an old-fashioned, neighborly life today. Ironically, that means they stay inside, MAKING neighborliness disappear. It's a vicious cycle.
The good news? It's also a breakable cycle. Once a town commits to supporting kids (and seniors, and everyone else) who walk/run/bike/play outside, parents feel more comfortable sending their kids out. And kids outside are the best possible way to get MORE kids outside. If the fun is out there, out they go!
At Let Grow, we believe that people want to be happier, more connected, more reassured, and more active than they are, and they want that for their kids, too. All it takes is getting back into the practice of creating community.
Let Grow's projects, including the pledge to support the right of parents to give their kids some free, unsupervised time, help communities do just that. Become a Let Grow Community and let the sun shine in.
For more information, review our Community projects below, and be sure to check out our information on the Free Range Kids Law.