We are constantly reminded of how we are “living in a different time”. We remind ourselves about how when we were kids we were able to roam our neighborhoods and play outside without a worry. We tell ourselves that things were much safer back then. But, was it really? Were the dangers still out there back then and we just were not as aware of it?
The older generation likes to tell me that there were not as many kidnappings, the crime was not as bad, and sexual abuse was hardly heard of. I often find myself believing this but when I stop to really think about it I can’t help but wonder. I wonder if all of this was just as bad but we just did not know about it without the media that we have today. Today we are able to find out pretty much anything. Take Nancy Grace for instance. She keeps you right up to date with kidnappings and all crimes against children. We didn’t have Nancy Grace back in the 1970′s. We didn’t have the internet at our fingertips to give us all the information we are looking for regarding crime statistics and sex offenders living in our neighborhoods.
According to a study from the Crimes Against Children Research Center, crimes against children and teens have dramatically decreased in the last twenty years. So why is it then that we feel our kids are in so much more danger out there than we were when we were young? Is it just because we are now taking on the role of “parent” and seeing things differently or do you think it is because we now know more than we ever did before about all the bad things that are happening in our world? Do you think that children’s crimes truly are worse now or do you think we are just seeing it this way?