Monday, July 09, 2007

How Children Lost the Right to Roam

A recent article in the Daily Mail maps a dramatic reduction in a child's area of movement over four generations. Freedom, autonomy, development are not innate traits. A child, like other organisms, requires an environment conducive to development and growth, which deeply shape the experience of time, place, and connection to the world. It is easy to slip into a false nostalgia about past golden ages, but maps like this might clarify the tradeoffs between the kind of education gained from time spent in the woods and time spent in Second Life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to correlate this shrinking roaming sphere with the "mirror" sphere of electronic communcation calling zones ... IE kids today chat on the tele- cellphone/net versus meeting their friends somewhere to talk.

Curious though that an "electronic" leash wouldn't extend the roaming sphere of people... (leads me to think it isn't parental limits being set on kids, but the kids fulfiiling their exploring needs closer to home - one sushi shop on every corner syndrome ...