The poll results are in, and while the methodology was a bit less than rigorous, the numbers definitely have a story to tell. When “do you let your child roam?” appeared on GAP on July 19, we discussed the tragedy of Leiby Kletzy, the ever-shrinking boundaries of 8 year old children over three generations, and what a “roaming” map might look like in the GAP area. 32 GAP readers weighed in on our roaming poll, and here are the results:
NW philly kids stick close to home: why?
Not one respondent allowed their child more roaming freedom than they had as a child, and only 9% offered the same roaming rights. At 59%, the majority reported a narrowing of boundaries, and almost 1/3 of people participating in the poll have children with no roaming privileges.
These results only bring up more questions. Are you shocked or comforted by these statistics? Why do the vast majority of our children have less roaming freedom than we had as kids? And how much less is “less?” What factors contribute to your decisions around this issue? What type of childhood are we creating for our kids?