I was thinking about this subject, and how drastically things seemed to have changed just within a generation. Like for example, when I was a kid we had so much more freedom. We were able to wander around, as long as we were back before dark. We could ride our bikes, walk to a friend’s house etc. Kids today are pretty much monitored constantly. If they want to play outside, a parent has to drop everything and watch them play.
It’s not just how we raise our kids, it’s many things. Not too many years ago people didn’t lock their doors, and left their windows open. Now we have multiple locks with deadbolts, house and car alarms, and security cameras everywhere! But do you feel safer with all this than you did 20 years ago? Probably not.
How much of this change is because society has become more dangerous? How much is because true crime awareness has scared us to death? We have cable news channels 24/7 and if it bleeds it leads has become the mantra of the day. True Crime has become a big industry. Look at all the money making documentaries, books, movies and tv shows . True Crime even has it’s own convention now. In the past quarter century in the US, violent crimes have fallen sharply. 51%! But it certainly doesn’t seem that way.
Now I am just as addicted to reading and watching crime shows as you are. Probably more so. But sometimes it’s healthy to put it all in perspective. Precautions are great, letting fear overtake our lives is not! Be safe out there, but have fun too!
When I was 12 my friends and I used to hop on the city bus and go to the movies or the mall for the day. I won’t even let my kids walk home from the bus stop!
Here’s the thing though, statistically speaking it’s less dangerous for kids now than it was in the 80s and 90s. We just didn’t have the internet and didn’t hear about all the crime. Not that it matters, bad shit still happens. I’m not sure that we are doing our kids any favors by being so over protective, but…
True crime has changed my life tremendously. Though I hate that anyone is hurt or has lost their lives, my life is much more complete with my true crime community.