Are Children Over-Protected? | Connecticut Public Radio

Are Children Over-Protected?

Aug 25, 2015

Sitting around the studio recently, we recalled how much more freedom we had than today's children do. In fact, Chris Prosperi, Alex Province, and I realized our parents might have been arrested if today's standards were in effect back then. What has changed?

Listen this hour as we discuss:

  • What we did as kids with our parents' permission
  • Is life now far more dangerous than it was in decades past, or have our standards simply changed?
  • What are the actual statistics surrounding child kidnapping compared to decades past?
  • What role do media and Internet stories play in creating a "culture of fear?"
  • Should so-called "free-range" parents be arrested for allowing their kids to roam freely, unsupervised?
  • How much freedom is necessary to foster independence in children?
  • When does concern for a child's safety turn into unjustified paranoia?
  • Has society's parent-blaming culture in the past decade helped create obsessive "helicopter parenting?"
  • Are parents today smarter than parents were long ago, and will it result in children who feel safe, protected, and appropriately wary of strangers?
  • Is there a difference in attitude about the safety of children depending on how much money you have?

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  • Paula Fass – editor, The Ruttledge History of Childhood in the Western World
  • Chris Prosperi – chef/owner, Métro Bis restaurant
  • Alex Province – wine enthusiast


  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “Modul 8_9 Iii,” Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin

Lori Mack, Jonathan McNicol, and Marian Roy contributed to this show, which originally aired June 9, 2015.