The Disturbing Reason Why Kids Don’t Play Outside Anymore

Main Source:Occupy Corporatism
Date: 30 August 2016
Author: Susanne Posel

Kid 1980 and 2010

Times change, but when it comes to parenting, it seems Americans have become obsessed with moral outrage at perceived risk to a child. So much so that leaving children unsupervised can lead to criminal charges.

In the 1980s, kids roamed the streets, road bikes in gangs, and played outdoors with their friends without pesky parents watching their every move.

Thirty-something years later and those same children that enjoyed independent playtime with friends are now raising their own children under stricter societal norms.

According to statistics, there is a 1 in 15 million chance that a child will be abducted; however social pressures dictate that parents should be over-bearing and interfere as often as possible when it comes to their children.

But that did not stop one family in Maryland was being pursued by Child Protective Services (CPS) last year because their 2 children ages 6 and 10 were allowed to walk home alone from the park which is 2 blocks from their home.

The paranoid parenting culture that arose out of Generation X and has extended to the Millennial generation has assisted agencies like CPS to harass parents simply because an anonymous “concerned” neighbor made a phone call … allegedly.

Three years ago a mother in Houston, Texas was arrested Tammy Cooper for “child endangerment” when local police accused her of abandoning her children who were riding scooters in the street at the end of a cul de sac.

A Virginia mother was interrogated multiple times by local police for allowing her children to play in their own yard unsupervised.

In all three cases a neighbor decided to report the mother; who caused unnecessary trauma to the children and mother.

In Britain, more and more parents are becoming so over-bearing that children cannot play in the rain, climb trees or get dirty, according to a study conducted by Stephen Moss at the National Trust (NT).

The NT strongly warns against the increasingly “sedentary” and “sheltered” lives children are forced to live because parents are afraid that their children will be hurt. This leads to poor health, lack of socialization and psychological problems.

Police in Britain are taught to be suspicious of children regularly playing outdoors and encourage them to go inside. This greatly restricts children’s exposure to nature.

Parents fear their child may “catch a cold” or “slip and get hurt” and therefore justify their over-bearing methods of controlling their children’s ability to explore their world. Even older teenagers are forced to play outside under supervision at all times. In lieu of spontaneous playing as was the norm just a few decades ago, children a forced to play during “playdates” and preform at organizations to facilitate socialization.

Freedom in childhood facilitates the ability to be creative later in life. Being innovators, most American children have enjoyed a lifestyle that allowed for discovering new ways of doing things and innovating based on the ideal of non-conformity.

Kyung Hee Kim, professor of education for the College of William and Mary, published a study wherein the measure of creativity (referred to as Torrance tests of Creative Thinking) was collected from school age children between kindergarten through 12th grade and discovered that there has been a massive decline of creativity which Kim explains as the “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.”

The Torrance tests were developed by E. Paul Torrance in the 1950’s; a professor of education at the University of Minnesota. The US government wanted to measure the creativity of American children during the post-Sputnik era.

Prior to this study, Torrance worked with the US Air Force which enabled him to envision that creativity is based on an individual’s ability to adapt to unusual situations and conditions.

For the last several decades, society and parents have been suppressing children’s freedom to such an extent that their creative abilities are declining at alarming rates. By constant monitoring, adult-direction, evaluation and pressure to conform, children are unable to navigate their place in society and are unsuccessful because they cannot deal with real world situations without being told what to do.

The public education system has endeavored to perfect the art of subversive conditioning in our children who cannot play, become bored easily, do not find exploration engaging and are psychologically primed to fail. In the hands of over-bearing parents and school teachers, our children are replacing natural freedom with becoming unable to think or decide without outside direction, societal protection, judgmental teachers and parents.