L’ossessione della sicurezza sta uccidendo l’infanzia

Una nuova critica della crescente “ossessione della sicurezza”, che proteggendo in modo “eccessivo” i bambini ed i ragazzi da ogni minimo rischio da un lato non li abitua a valutare e “gestire” i pericoli, e dall’altro li priva di esperienze “trasgressive” e di autosfida essenziali per formare una propria personalità autonoma e, soprattutto, un senso di sicurezza sulle proprie capacità.

Gli incidenti sono sempre possibili. Salvo casi eccezionali, le conseguenze sono limitate (sbucciature, piccole ferite) e l’esperienza aiuta a far “prendere le misure” ed evitare di proseguire con “esperimenti” oltre la soglia delle nostre capacità. Senza questa sensibilità, appena si esce dalla “bolla” protettiva (e prima poi è inevitabile che succeda) si rischia veramente di fare qualche errore fatale.

Quindi meno caschetti e paragomiti, più libertà di arrampicarsi, correre, accendere fuochi, maneggiare attrezzi taglienti!

Un analogo pensiero anche nell’intervento di Gever Tulley, postato tempo fa, che potete vedere qui


Let children trespass and start fires

by The Telegraph

Springwatch presenters blame a risk-averse culture for “killing childhood” as they say parents should let their children roam the countryside unsupervised


Children should be allowed to get up to mischief in the countryside by starting fires, trespassing and scrumping, according to Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Bill Oddie, as they blame a risk-averse culture for “killing childhood”.

Parents’ unwillingness to let their children indulge in potentially dangerous activities in the great outdoors has wiped out an entire “species” of nature-loving youngsters, they claim.

As BBC’s Springwatch programme celebrates its 10th birthday, Packham and Oddie told Radio Times that children need to be able to misbehave in woods and fields, away from fussing adults.

Oddie, 72, goes far enough to suggest that young people should break the law by straying into gardens and orchards to steal apples.

He also questioned a current campaign by the National Trust – 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ – in which adults and children take part in activities together, saying it does not encouraging children to get away from older generations.

“When you’re a kid and you want to go outdoors and play, the big attraction is not having any grown-ups around,” he said. “It’s being able to do a bit of trespassing and scrumping.”

Packham, 53, believes children no longer get into the kind of scrapes he did when he was a boy, as he fondly remembers the character-building experience of falling 40ft out of a tree and injuring himself. “I’m still here to talk about it,” he said.

The naturalist said the species he was most concerned about are “the children out in the woods, out in the fields, enjoying nature on their own – they’re extinct”.

He said when he takes his dogs for walks near his home in the New Forest, Hampshire, he never sees young people playing in the way he used to.

“When I was a kid there would be other kids out in the woods, making camps, starting fires, catching grass snakes – and they’re not there anymore,” he said.

“Risk aversion is killing childhood. I can’t tell you how many times I fell out of a tree when I was a kid. I once fell from 40ft onto a barbed-wire fence covered in brambles. I’m still here to talk about it.”

Packham blamed the human race for making selfish decisions about our planet, saying people are too preoccupied with “human life”, rather than “all life”.

However, the presenter said he was optimistic for the future, because the development of technologies and skills, as well as an increased understanding about how to preserve wildlife.

“We need to stop chasing cures for cancer and things like that and start realising that the health of the planet goes beyond the health of human beings,” he told the magazine.

Packham said politicians were to blame for the earth’s environmental problems because they do not understand the need to look after the planet.

While climate change is one of several factors contributing to profound changes in wildlife populations and distributions in recent years, the presenter said the “worst thing” was the intensification of agriculture.



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