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  1. vfwiffo

    vfwiffo said, 1 day ago

    Not to mention CPS* agents. Never know when they are ready to swoop down and take the kids.

    • Google news for “free range kids” to see details on that story.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    I believe vfwiffo is referring to an incident in Maryland where someone called 911 to report a couple of kids in a park who weren’t accompanied by parents. The children were detained by Child Protective Services for 5 hours.

    Jeeze… We went to the park all the time without an adult when I was a kid. Somehow we managed to survive long enough for me to roll my eyes at the stupidity of this story.

  3. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    This is really crazy. Growing up in Chicago, kids used to be on their own much of the time. My brother and I would walk four blocks to school by ourselves when we were in primary. I was oldest and was the official latch key kid. I would go to the library on my bike. In the evenings we would go out and play “until the street lights came on”. I can’t remember anybody having a problem and we learned to take care of ourselves and make good decisions. Today the crime rate is much lower and kids can’t be left out of sight. Really sad.

  4. Zin Rosenblum

    Zin Rosenblum said, 1 day ago

    Mom…I’m outside rollerblading with Lumpy Rutherford!!

  5. msowards

    msowards GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Soon you’ll be jailed for not raising your child in a plastic bubble, only $1995.00/yr at any local Childepot store.

  6. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends said, 1 day ago


    It is about that. And the park was 2.5 blocks from the kids’ home…not exactly far away. The kids had stopped to pet a dog, and the dog walker called the cops on a cell phone. The parents are intending to file suit on this incident, as their kids were badly traumatized by this experience with the cops and CPS.

  7. jeff cartwright

    jeff cartwright GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Eddie Haskle back in the day could order a gun through the US Mail so guns were way more available in the Beaver’s day

  8. Sodaburger

    Sodaburger said, 1 day ago

    When I read that story about the “free range kids” in Maryland…I was so mad! I mean seriously! They’re kids not poultry! I don’t know…maybe it hit a little too close to home because I was a latch-key kid growing up, but I really don’t see why it’s such a big deal that the kids were alone.

  9. dflak

    dflak said, 1 day ago

    @Ted Lind

    Our stories are kind of the same, except it was Brooklyn and school was 10 blocks away with a couple of busy streets in between.

    With 500 kids on the same block, it was difficult to get in trouble.

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 1 day ago

    I’m glad I don’t have kids. And with an already-terrifying present and a likely even-more-horrifying future in store, there are times where I wonder how anyone can look at their kids and not want to break down in tearful apology for sticking them in this miserable world.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Crime rates going back to the ‘50s on the risk to kids, havn’t changed much on a crimes per 100.000 population. What HAS changed is the level of paranoia, driven largely by a somewhat psychotic media.

    We got a gal nearby on trial for murder, she fed the guys to her pigs, and claims she shot one to put him out of his misery as her pigs were eating him while he was still alive. How’d you like to have HER in the neighborhood, and shouldn’t her case make the national sensationalist news?

    Nah, panic in the streets doesn’t require a true analysis anymore.

  12. Cynthia Sonier

    Cynthia Sonier said, about 7 hours ago

    I still remember something an uncle of mine said about this…we were both fans of legend of Zelda and I had read that Shigeru Miyamoto came up with the Zelda universe when he explored caves as a child. I said that in this day and age of paranoia, this just couldn’t take place.

    My uncle himself played hockey on ponds (outside, not a rink…and no NHL 2015 on XBox!), with random friends (no organized leagues) without his parents having to come to every. single. practice. and then complaining that raising a child is too much trouble and he still talked about it with a smile on his face in his 50s.

    But has he said it, “Nowadays, a kid needs a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads to eat jello on the front porch!”

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 hours ago

    Used to ride our bikes out to a guy’s ranch and ride his rodeo stock, without his or our parents’ permission. He only got bent when drivers stopped to watch little kids riding horses behind his sign that stated “home of the world’s meanest roadeo stock”. Those were the days when kids had freedom!!

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