So Britain is the worst developed country in the world to be a child. This probably comes as no surprise to many parents.
The other day my friend Gillian was telling me about her son Charlie. Charlie is 15 and has lived in London all his life - he is a good kid. He was always winning sports awards at the same state primary school my children attended. I've always considered himself quite streetwise.
The other day on a crowded bus he was mugged.
Three teenage youths cornered Charlie and his friend at the back of the bus.
"Give me your mobile phone" was the demand
"I don't have one" said Charlie
"You do - I know where you live - and I've got a knife" was the reply.
Charlie tried to catch the eye of the adults on the bus but they hid behind their newspapers. He believed the threat of the knife and handed over his phone.
Charlie is now too frightened to travel on the bus. He won't go out alone and feels let down by adults. His mum is back driving him around. This happened between Chelsea Bridge and Sloane Square - its not just the back streets.
Of course this crime didn't get reported to the police. I have advised Gillian to give her son a clapped out old mobile.
We are all working longer and longer and travelling further. We struggle to make time for our families - for our children let alone our older relations. Blaming the parents alone is not going to solve the problem - and it is a problem.
We live in a society where people aren't taking responsibility, where adults are frightened by children, where the other adult witnesses felt is was OK to hide. The result is that the Good Guys like Charlie have lost their freedom. That freedom is something worth fighting for.