As children we did not see the dangers that surrounded us. Our parents sure did though.
Don’t talk to strangers!
Don’t go near that busy road!
Be home by 11!
Stay away from that boy, he’s nothing but trouble!
The list goes on and on! Are these things that I have said to my daughter? You betcha! The dangers and pitfalls that exist now, existed back then too. That being said, obviously, there are factors that have drastically changed the parenting landscape.
We now have to worry about online dangers. That was not a factor when we were growing up. Now we have cyber bullying, online harassment or stalking and the predators use the internet to scope for prey. You never know who exactly someone is online. A kid might think they’re talking to a 13 year old kid but it very well could be a sexual deviate posing as a kid in order to lure a child into their web.
The population has increased significantly. This will naturally drive crime up! The more people, the more crime. It wasn’t that these things never occurred when we were kids. They certainly did. The crime rate is naturally going to be higher today than years gone by. It’s common sense. But this means more senseless acts, more criminals per capita. As parents, this is naturally a worry. How do we safeguard our kids from such things?
Many kids have just one parent. It isn’t that one parent is incapable of raising a child successfully. It does have far more challenges than a two parent family. It also means kids having to grow up faster.