We all want to raise safe, self-reliant kids, as probably all of humanity always has. What's different today is the level of fear foisted on parents, caregivers, schools, and almost anyone with any responsibility for a child. Many of the "dangers" facing our kids are exaggerated by the media and the marketplace, leading us to protect our kids as never before.
This new level of protection expected of us isn't helping our kids and may, in subtle ways, be hurting them at least as much as it helps. So here are some articles and videos about what kids need the most -- they need our trust, they need free time, they need to do some things on their own -- as well as why and how we can give these gifts back to them.
- When scary or weird stories about childhood dangers appear in the press, check Is It True? to see if they represent a true threat or are simply fear- (and click-) mongering.
- Crime is lower today than when most parents were growing up. Check out our Crime Stats.
- Want to learn more? Our Essential Reading List will explain the concerns.
- Let Grow is committed to helping towns become Capable Kids Communities. Review a sample proclamation to see how your community can reassure parents that letting their kids walk or play outside will not get them arrested.