The only time moms experience a true peace of mind is when
we watch our kids sleep. As times change so do our fears and the dangers our
children face. Our parents kept a close eye on us, but it was nothing compared
to the monitoring we have to have for our children today. It seems the world’s
progress means the opportunities for dangers have increased. Take a look at
these 10 dangers that our children are exposed to that weren’t much of an issue
when we were growing up.
YouTube doesn’t seem like much of a danger if all you watch are
marriage proposal videos and dog tricks, but with access to so much information
that we were never exposed to, our children have a handy instruction manual for
any random idea they may have. A parent tells me she caught her daughter and
her friends searching for videos about how to kill themselves after being
distraught over bad grades in school.
2. School Shootings
When corporal punishment in schools ended, we thought
bullying in schools was the worst of our problems — until this generation somehow
gained access to guns and the idea that releasing their frustration over not
having the things they want in life should be remedied by harming other
innocent children. How these
children gain access to the weapons they use to commit these mass murders,
we will never truly know, but we do know that if someone has to invent a
bulletproof blanket to sell to schools as a precautionary
method against school shootings, something is very, very wrong with the safety
of our schools.
3. Reality TV
We used to be able to turn the television off at night and
eliminate the kids from watching any undesirable television programs, but it’s
not the case with the advent of social media and clips being shared on various
social platforms. Our children have access to a genre of television that did
not exist in our day: reality TV. This style of entertainment is dangerous to
our children because it showcases an exaggerated perspective on life that is
strictly made for ratings. Our children don’t know that these adults are
hamming it up for the camera and will be fooled into believing that the over-the-top, disrespectful behavior is how the majority of people
interact with each other and the world.
4. Internet Stalkers
Decades ago parents imagined that pedophiles, kidnappers and
murderers were weird-looking old men lurking around playgrounds, but today that
has all changed. Because of our internet connection, which lacks face to face
communication, our children are being raised to trust that the person on the
other end of their private message or email is exactly who they say they
are. This kind of blind faith has led to many
children to being abducted or hurt by strangers pretending to be younger than they
are. They are earning our children’s trust one Kik at a time.
These days anything we say and do on the Internet becomes a part of our permanent records, ultimately following us and affecting how we are perceived for the rest of our lives.
5. Hormones in Food
With improved technology comes advances in chemistry, and
scientists have figured out how to genetically produce the meat and vegetables
we used to primarily farm. Now that food
producers have found a way to produce what we consume in larger volumes by
adding hormones and other additives, parents have to be careful that what we
are feeding our children is really as nutritious as we think it is.
6. The Cloud
The worst thing we could think of when we were kids was
having something negative written on our permanent records at school. These
days anything we say and do on the Internet becomes a part of our permanent
records, ultimately following us and affecting how we are perceived for the rest
of our lives. Our children believe they are just having fun and being creative, but they are really setting the tone for their futures with every key stroke.
7. Secondary Drowning
While we remember running barefoot to the neighborhood
swimming pool during the summer, worrying about stepping on a nail, moms today are worrying about an even more silent danger that could end their children's lives: secondary drowning. Secondary drowning happens when a child inhales water into
his lungs while swimming. Your child won’t appear to be overtly distressed and it
may take from 1 to 24 hours for symptoms to be noticed. If your child becomes uncharacteristically
fatigued, has trouble breathing or is agitated after swimming he may be
suffering from secondary drowning, which requires immediate medical attention.
8. Leaving Kids in Cars
Things just aren’t the same as they were when we were
younger. Some parents are simply clueless about the danger they place their
children in by leaving them inside a parked car while they run a quick errand.
Not only is it illegal to leave children unattended in closed vehicles, which
could lead to suffocation and dehydration when the temperatures are high, but also if you are not
paying attention, your car and your child could be gone in a flash.
9. Violent Video Games
We played "Duck, Duck, Goose," and if our parents were fancy, we
played Super Mario Brothers, but these days our children are hooked on violent
games like Grand Theft Auto V, where they can pretend to be gang members
terrorizing neighborhoods and killing people for fun. Some experts argue that this is a healthy
release of aggression, but smart parents know that sports is a better outlet for
that. Pretending to shoot everyone while behind the wheel of a moving
vehicle is a type of “practice” our children don’t need.
10. Cyber Bullying
When bigger kids took our lunch money, we silently forked it
over and went on with our lives until we learned how to defend ourselves.
Today, there is a different type of bullying that is more prevalent in the
lives of our children, tarnishing their reputations and embarrassing them in
ways that their classrooms can’t contain. Cyber bullying is a form of Internet-based antagonizing that attempts to hurt the victim by shaming them in front of
their peers. Children all over the
country have been reported to have committed suicide over cyber bullying, and
many more have been video taped during fist fights that have gone viral over
petty issues that escalated from an online argument.
Physical education is practically non-existent in our public
school systems and our children are carrying the evidence. When overworked
parents and under-monitored children are working together to carve out a life
for themselves, the trade-off is often physical activity, which leads to poor
eating habits and health issues. The
problem of childhood obesity is now so severe that our First Lady Michelle
Obama launched an entire initiative to make parents aware of what they are
feeding their children and how they can make healthier choices.