Maryland 'Free Range' Kids Taken Into Custody Again

Emily Shapiro, ABC News, Apr 14, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have to wonder what's missing to children who are raised in constant custody until their mid-teens. This story concerns a 10-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl who were picked up by police when seen playing by themselves in a park; their parents have been charged. At the age of 10 I was routinely outside on my own and ranged far and wide in my neighbourhood. Yes, it's a different time now - it's a lot safer, and crime is way down. Much of my present character is built from that freedom I had at an early age, and I think I would not be the same person without having had it.

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