This topic has arisen quite randomly and rather out of the blue. I’m part of a journalist story request group on Facebook and one of the journalists was looking for two people. One who allows their children to play outside naked, whether it be in the garden, beach or perhaps the local park, and another who would never allow their children to play naked outdoors.
Being honest I am part of the group that would never allow their children to play naked outdoors. Yes, on occasion, M, who loves to be naked has sprinted into the garden with no clothes on and bounced up and down on the trampoline or into the paddling pool, but I certainly wouldn’t make a habit of it.
Having said that, the girls will quite often wander around our home with no clothes on in the evenings and that’s fine by me as they’re indoors and only me and their dad are there. The curtains and blinds are usually shut so no-one outside can see in. I have no problem with my children wanting to be naked, but I think it’s important to teach them when and where it’s appropriate to do so. The bath, shower, when getting dressed, in the evening before bed etc.
Anyway, back to the journalists request. The majority of people commenting were in the same group as me – that they would never allow their children to be naked outdoors. However I read one comment which kind of horrified me. Now obviously I know nothing about the lady commenting, but I did get the impression from her comment that she was of the older generation.
In brief she said that parents should let their children play naked in public. She played on the beach naked as a child, as did her children. She says that we should be giving our children the freedom to do this without worrying if there are paedophile’s around.
I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with this 100%. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but would I let my children play naked on a beach and not worry about the fact that there may be paedophile’s around?
I want to protect my children.
You never know who is around and what they could potentially be doing. They could be taking photos or videos, and you never know where those photos and videos could end up. Why would I want to voluntarily allow my children to be put at such a risk, all for the sake of a bit of ‘naked freedom’ away from the home? For me, it’s simply not worth the risk.
Also I have to wonder about what I’m teaching my children by allowing them to play naked in a public area?
That it’s ok? That it’s acceptable? Well, it’s not. I’m far from narrow minded. In fact, I’m quite open minded, but when it comes to my children’s safety, I take that very seriously.
The lady also mentioned that the reason she thinks we no longer allow our children to play naked outdoors is because we’re uncomfortable with seeing naked children. I don’t think that is the case at all.
Naked children do not bother me. Naked children who are potentially at risk of harm do bother me.
What do you think? Would you allow your children to play outside naked in a public place?