We all know why we are too nervous about letting them go to the park on their own - Its the friendly neighbourhood child abductor or possibly the friendly local government child protection agency.
I still remember watching an episode of Judge Judy where she tells off a mother for allowing her children to play outside the house on their own! According to the Judge, if you have outside kids, you need to become an outside Mom. I had no children then and I thought that was a bit silly. Why can't children play outside their own home on their own? No, we do not want them to get up to mischief but they can be trained to avoid that, surely!
Here is an article of a family being threatened with all manner of government intervention if they did not desist from allowing their child to cross the road on her own under the watchful eye of her mother to the bus stop on her way to school. How on earth will the children learn to cross the road if we do not let them do it themselves? More importantly, a mother is more likely to know when her child is ready to learn these lessons than an anonymous government worker. Thankfully the government backed down. Here is another article on the same issue.
In terms of the local child abuser, how many of us have actually had it happen to us or someone we actually know? I would almost certainly say, hardly anyone. And yet we all live in fear of this happening to our kids.
Am I about to let my kids go to the park on their own? Nope. I definitely do not want to be that statistic.
And so the fear continues!