Societies are always changing - that is the nature of things. However I feel that some of the changes today in the way we perceive we help our children develop and keep them safe has changed, not for the good, but very much for the worse. Society now expects that as parents we should be spend as much time as possible with our children in an array of ever more expensive activities.
It's also all about reaching targets and learning. Children must learn to read as soon as possible. However if children are not in supervised learning activities parents all too often will not let children out of their site and the result is they are allowed to fill their remaining time with their heads buried in an ever increasing number of technological items that fill our lives today.