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Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize
Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

Reason, by Lenore Skenazy

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Posted By:Judy W., 8/25/2014 2:26:50 PM

A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What´s more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents). Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communities—we have lost all touch with reality.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/25/2014 2:40:29 PM     (No. 9980427)

I´m as paranoid as the next person about kids getting snatched.* I´m way vigilant when I have my nephews with me - even the 17yo third-degree black belt tae kawan do nephew. But this is crazy. Are we gonna criminalize all bad parenting? Ooh - talk about a slippery slope.

* Gavin de Becker, in his excellent book The Gift of Fear, says that the "stranger danger" meme has lulled children into not seeing danger from the most common of places - people they know. He says stranger abductions are by far the least common cause of hard to children. An overwhelming percentage of abuse and worse comes from people the kid knows.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/25/2014 2:41:52 PM     (No. 9980430)

tae kwan do...sorry - the OCD is strong in this one...


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Reply 3 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/25/2014 2:43:12 PM     (No. 9980432)

GAH! harm to children. Imma go now. :embarrassedface:


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Reply 4 - Posted by: aasilver, 8/25/2014 2:51:08 PM     (No. 9980446)

...and these same people are voters or future voters.

We are in deep doo doo.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PaleAle, 8/25/2014 2:54:52 PM     (No. 9980450)

If they outlaw unsupervised play, they are going to turn most minors into criminals. It is probably time for the DHS to start buying hobnails for the soles of their boots.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bkt23, 8/25/2014 2:59:12 PM     (No. 9980456)

I know of -NO- Americans who want to criminalize kids playing on their own. Who was polled? Flaky New York City metrosexual types who answered quickly because they were late to their therapy appointment?


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 8/25/2014 3:01:27 PM     (No. 9980459)

So, the system is working as intended. No hurtful words, no hurt feelings, no skinned knees, no risk at all. Everyone a gets a trophy; everyone´s a winner. Safe... Everyone is safe... and dependent on the benevolent leaders to protect them no matter the cost.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: richwill, 8/25/2014 3:09:34 PM     (No. 9980471)

What were the questions in the poll, I doubt the results of this poll.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: curious1, 8/25/2014 3:13:38 PM     (No. 9980475)

As #6 asked, where was this push poll taken - high-density urban setting? If they pass it they can pound sand. There is no authority for government to do this - anywhere. And if they pretend there is, then clearly they have self-identified as a threat to the Republic and should be immediately dealt with as such.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: coldborezero, 8/25/2014 3:15:50 PM     (No. 9980479)

Liberty is only for the strong of heart, not for those ruled by fear.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Sandbar, 8/25/2014 3:17:24 PM     (No. 9980480)

This has to be a city heavy poll. I grew up in small town America. I would leave in the morning, ride my bike approx. 2 1/2 miles to my cousin´s, then we would ride another mile to our favorite pond. We skinny dipped, fished, trapped turtles (big snappers) to sell and engaged in various other activities all day. As long as we were home for supper, things were good. Our appetites would bring us home as long as hadn´t stuffed ourselves with whatever we could scrounge along the way.
Did we hurt urselves a few times? Yes, but we survived and learned to take care of ourselves in the process.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: viking diver, 8/25/2014 3:18:27 PM     (No. 9980483)

when you give up freedom for safety you have neither

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Reply 13 - Posted by: horacer, 8/25/2014 3:22:55 PM     (No. 9980491)

If you follow the link to the Reason/Rupe poll and scroll to the bottom you´ll find the questions. This was a national poll of 1000 adults. 500 landlines, 500 cell phones. There´s some correlation between level of education and whether you think kids should play unsupervised in the park.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 8/25/2014 3:27:11 PM     (No. 9980495)

There needs to be a law against printing lies in the form of news but then where would most get their news/propaganda?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/25/2014 3:28:06 PM     (No. 9980496)

If my parents (both worked) ever knew what I did during school vacations they would have had heart attacks. I looked on map quest, and I traveled 6 miles by roller skates to visit friends in the city. I was 6 years old and did it all summer.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rtwngprof, 8/25/2014 4:30:15 PM     (No. 9980585)

My mother had no idea where I was most days in the summer when I was a kid. This idea of government as uber-parents is such a dangerous trend.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Namma, 8/25/2014 5:03:45 PM     (No. 9980632)

so then all thoseparent who allowed their kids, who traveled 45 days thru mexico UNSUPERVISED, should be punished...I agree...send them all back and tell them to mind their kids and immigrate legally

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Reply 18 - Posted by: raphaela, 8/25/2014 5:14:12 PM     (No. 9980643)

When my son was around 10 or 11 years old he wanted to visit his buddies who lived about 2 miles from our house. He was going to ride over on his bike. I cautioned him about the traffic and also advised that he take his army knife with him just in case. He had a great summer hanging out with his friends. He got to taste some of what I had when I was a kid: freedom. Nothing is as good as that.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dman, 8/25/2014 5:34:37 PM     (No. 9980670)

Bring on the Komsomol and the Pioneers. Yeah, that´s Reason!

As usual, be skeptical of these liberal polls. Did anyone ask you?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Bazi, 8/25/2014 5:58:51 PM     (No. 9980700)

Why bother? On a beautiful summer day, I drive around and rarely see any kids in any parks, on bikes or in their yards.
And I live in small mid-western town.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: K620, 8/25/2014 6:34:29 PM     (No. 9980748)

#11, TMI! (Just kidding).

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 8/25/2014 7:59:34 PM     (No. 9980875)

and note that there are certain activities that are rarely seen anymore. At all.
For example, when was that last time you saw a kid climb a tree? When? I used to do it all the time. Haven´t seen such a thing in 30 years or more now. Have you?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 8/25/2014 8:47:44 PM     (No. 9980933)

I have a feeling skateboards have something to do with this.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/25/2014 9:02:19 PM     (No. 9980959)

Thank you, #13, for both reading the article and the link to the poll.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/26/2014 12:52:01 AM     (No. 9981202)

"43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds"

This would really put a hurting on feral kids.

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