From the Atlantic Magazine, an article of the cocoon we have put around children and how it completely has changed the experience of being a child. This is an in-depth article, but well worth your time. It is sad, in a way, what has been lost.
Maryland, this week, one set of parents have been investigated for
letting a 10 year old and a 6 year old go walking without supervision.
The parents want the kids to have what they think of as normal freedom,
expanding as the children get older. Child protective services are now
involved in a neglect investigation.
I remember riding all over town on a bicycle, going to the library, to little league games, to the city pool. Going out the door on a Saturday morning and a promise to be home for supper, taking off into the woods with a sandwich and a pocketknife. Building a dam on a creek to make a swimming hole one summer (It took us weeks to make it chest deep, we moved hundreds of rocks, tried different configurations).
We climbed too high in trees, got dirty, muddy, cut up, half-lost. We formed friendships, got in fights, and had a life our parents were only dimly aware of. They had done the same in their time. It is in the last couple of decades this all changed. Children today don't have that freedom, and while they may have less risk, their lives are diminished.
Maybe this makes them more suited to the brave new world we all live in now.