I didn’t grow up in this area, but I grew up in an era when we ran out of our houses as soon as we were allowed, played until we were hungry, and came back home.
Our parents didn’t have to fret about what we were doing. They knew we were in the park, or riding bikes with our friends.
When we started secondary school, there was no fear about us walking to school alone, or with our mates.
Fast forward thirty years and it is a different ball game everywhere we look.
As a parent to a near teenager and a child who will start secondary within the next couple of years, I have an honest fear of what could happen.
My child walks to school, and back, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. He wants to pop into the park for a kick about with his mates, as kids…
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