Hi Readers! Down in Australia I’m sort of happy to say a tempest is brewing over whether it is up to parents or police to decide when a child is “old enough” to walk around outside. According to this story on the home page of the Sydney Morning Herald:
Officers told a Hornsby mother it was ”inappropriate” for her 10-year-old daughter to catch a bus unaccompanied, and warned a Manly father whose seven-year-old son walked alone to a local shop that while they would not alert DOCS [Dept. of Community Services], they would file a report.
Really? File a report to say a child was suspiciously…fine? Tell another parent that her child is doing something “inappropriate” by…being competent?
Are these officers doing anyone an ounce of good? Don’t they realize that if they have nothing to do but warn parents about their perfectly poised offspring, there probably isn’t a whole lot of crime going on for anyone to worry about?
And of course the bigger issue is, as always: Who decides what is “safe enough” when it comes to our kids? Free-Range Kids would rather not leave it up to power-drunk, horror-hallucinating, infantilizing busybodies with badges. – L.