Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Japanese free range children

Japanese free range children

Japan enjoys the reputation of being one of the safest nations in the industrialized world.  This safety permits Japanese parents to allow their children the freedom to roam and commute without a protective adult hovering over. 

This freedom contributes to the child’s developing trust, social skills, and responsibility.  Transpose that to the United States where children are always under the protective eye of an adult.  There is a growing movement in the USA called “free range children,” or “free range kids.” 

The movement states the safety concerns are over inflated and permit their children to enjoy the freedoms all children once enjoyed in the USA as now enjoyed in Japan. 

In April of 2015 a 6 and 10 year old siblings were permitted by their parents to walk to a park, play there, and walk home without any hovering adults.  The children faced no danger until being kidnapped by the POLICE.  Once kidnapped they were turned over to Child Protective Services.  The only danger these children faced were from menacing adults goose-stepping to the nanny state.   

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