I grew up in the 50's and walked about mile through the woods on a county improved path to school. One year we had to escorted by an undercover cop because there was some crazy man with a gun running around the woods flashing elementry school girls. Ultimately he was shot dead on that very path. One of my childhood friends died at age 10 in an automobile accident when he went through the windshield from the back seat, if he had a seatbelt on he may have survived. Bad stuff happened then too. You talk so nostalgically about the "survivors", what about the millions of kids who died, some quickly, others not so quickly due to avoidable circumstances.
My wife and I raised our kids as safe as I could, drove them school, used lead-free paint in our house, made them wear helmets while riding their bicycles and just about everything else on your list. Heck, I even made them go to and complete.
If born in 1900, average life expectancy was 47.3 years old
If born in 1950, average life expectancy was 68.2 years old
If born in 2000, average life expectancy was 76.8 years old
If born in 2016, average life expectancy was 81.2 years old
It might be hard for some, but if you look closely you just might be able to detect a trend in the above data.
There were many creative people who made major contributions to dramatically changed the world who were born before 1950. Including the likes of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Alexander Gram Bell, Nikola Tesla, Alexander Fleming, some unknown cave person who planted the first seed for the purpose of growing food, some unknown cave person who harnessed fire, .............and the list goes on and on.
What exactly was your point?
The point, I think, may have been lost in much of the exaggeration that went on. Of course it's all factual, but much of it doesn't speak directly to the pint, and that is that we now live in a nanny state. Young people need "safe spaces" because instead of learning how to deal with adversity, they are coddled and sheltered. They are not allowed to make mistakes and fail ... participation medal anyone? Part of life is falling down, yes sometimes getting Hurt, and picking yourself up on your own and doing it better the next time. By sheltering children from failure they lack the confidence that they can pick themselves up. They become dependent on having someone else make it better. This speaks to allowing our children to engage in sometimes risky behavior. Without the skill to mitigate risk in their Young lives, they lack the skills to mitigate risk as adults. They become dependent on someone else providing their safety.
I've always told my son that a**holes are everywhere and will be for the rest of your life. Learning to deal with a**holes at an earlier age helps him deal with them in his current life. No need to seek the safe haven of a "safe space". Racism, religious hate, bullying, whatever, he deals with it, doesn't go asking for help. He's more of an adult than young adults 5 or 10 years his senior.
Much of what is in the article needs to be reformed a bit for the times we currently live in, and the environment of violence and hate. Fists became knives which became guns. Times have changed and youngsters need to be aware of their exposure to danger. We need to keep our kids safe, but they can't grow up in a vacuum. I think that was the point.