25 years ago, I can roam free with my siblings near the neighbourhood area. We went on cycling, playing our own games, climbing some trees or just doing whatever we liked. There were not so many risks for us except for hurting ourselves when we fell from a tree (e.g.) or maybe getting ourselves dirty. We could play all day long and only came back home during dusk. Our parents wouldn't worry so much and they didn't even had to supervise us.
NOW......I won't ever let my kids out of my sight especially in public places. They are not allowed to play outside without any supervision. They don't have the freedom that I used to have. WHY? It's so terrifying to know that the kids nowadays have limited freedom. It's just not SAFE for them to play outside anymore. They are the targets for the culprits who have bad intentions. I know childhood should be the best time for the kids to explore but we better not let them explore without our supervision anymore. This is for their own good and for our own sanity.
The innocent young victims like Shearwey Ooi Ying Ying, Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, Nurul Huda Abdul Ghani, Haserawati Saridi and now, Nurul Nadirah Abdullah should be a good reminder to other parents to be more vigilant about our kids' safety.
I know that we can only do so much because the rest is up to Allah's help. BUT at least we have to do something first.