Originally Posted by Spanish Eyes
I don't know what vintage you are, but these days kids are not allowed out in the street in general now. It's all back garden stuff that's why there are so many feckin trampolines! The only time we see young kids now is at Halloween and they are all accompanied by an adult, we were just shoved out the door in our bin bags and stupid hats.
Fear is the key, pedos, traffic, other mad kids, bullying and so on. I know some do use screens but it is kind of balanced with activities like sports etc, or at least it was until Covid.
Times are different now and things evolve.
In some areas though kids are literally everywhere it seems as though it's the middle and upper class areas where kids are staying inside.
Maybe it's a reflection of how Ireland is changing and the wealth of the country as well as better technology that kids don't get as bored staying at home anymore and don't feel the need to go outside whereas even 20 or so years ago it wouldn't be nearly as easy to stay entertained at home.
Even when I was a kid I was in a middle class area nearly all of us used to spend most of our time outside.