There is another let children be children article in the LA Times, by Rosa Brooks:
All in all, “going out to play” worked out well for kids. As the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg testified to Congress in 2006, “Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles. … Play helps children develop new competencies … and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.” But here’s the catch: Those benefits aren’t realized when some helpful adult is hovering over kids the whole time. Remember ‘go outside and play?’ – Los Angeles Times.
Sure there are risks, but as Rosa points out, what about the risk of heart attacks and other obesity related health problems in these house-bound children. The other thing that spring to mind is we have very vocal people in our society upset about cage-bound, battery farm chickens – but there is only a small a relatively unheard group speaking up for children!
Is this a sign that there is something wrong in society?