Would you let your child go without clothes in a public place?

boy playing in the waves. - This little boy was enjoying helping his dad dig near a rock on the beach. The child had no clothes on, and seemed to revel in his freedom. He kept running all over. A cute little boy.
@susieq223 (3742)
United States
September 16, 2007 3:21pm CST
When I was visiting the beach the other day, I spotted a family enjoying the beach. The little boy did not have on a bathing suit. They were the only family on that spot of beach, although others walked by. I was not offended, I thought he was cute and was having a good time. I wondered though, what others might think. I also worried a bit about sunburn. I hope the mother had a good sun block on him! What do you think about allowing children to play in a public place without clothes?
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• United States
16 Sep 07
no my child has to have at least a diaper on or some shorts or something my daughter is only allowed to wear a diaper at home she has to wear clothes (shirt and pants or a dress..has to cover her chest) outside and my son well hes only 5 months but im pretty sure hell only be allowed to wear just a diaper at home and at least some shorts outside if its too hot..i would never allow my kids to go outside naked
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Okay. I appreciate your thoughts on this subject.
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@jeanbug23 (567)
• Philippines
17 Sep 07
No, he might hate me if he grows up. I have a kid brother who usually is undressed when we were still young and whenever he's out playing and one day, our neighbor took some pictures of his son playing with my kid brother. When he saw the picture, he cried out loud and up to this day, he refuses to see that picture.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
These days with the zoom lenses you never know who might be taking pictures! Thanks for the reply.
@patgalca (14030)
• Orangeville, Ontario
16 Sep 07
We have a swimming pool in our backyard. I have never EVER let my kids be outside, even in the privacy of our own backyard, without clothes on. There is no reason for them to be out there without any clothes on when they have swim suits. I would not encourage my children in that way. My oldest daughter is now 14 and I won't let her wear a bikini until she is old enough to pay for it herself (16 or older). I want my children to show respect for themselves, their bodies and other people.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thanks for your opinion, patgalca. I am finding people have pretty firm opinions both ways on this.
@Rollo1 (16712)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Sep 07
When my son was about 3 or 4, we went to the beach. It was late afternoon and a small beach so there weren't many other people about. He had brought his little folding chair and it was set up by the water. I let him swim in his shorts and a shirt, I figured the less that was exposed to the sun, the better - less chance of sunburn. After we had been there a time, another family group came along and there were several boys, mostly older than my son. They were swimming without shirts, of course, and my son asked if he could take his off too (they learn early to mimic other kids' behavior). I allowed him to do so. I joined my daughter in the water as she played and my son stayed at the shore. I had just dived in for one second, just one moment my eyes were underwater and not on my son. I came up out of the water to an astonishing sight. My son had not only removed his shirt but his shorts as well and was sitting completely naked in his little beach chair, dangling his toes in the water. I didn't know whether to laugh or yell, so I called out to him "it's not that kind of beach" and rushed out of the water to put his clothes back on him. I think I was the only one who noticed, thank goodness. I don't think you should encourage your kids to disrobe in public places, but that doesn't mean they won't anyway.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Give them an inch and they will take a mile, huh! Thanks for your thoughts.
@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
17 Sep 07
my son was ten months old... we leave near the beach but he was cared of the sand at the moment.. but if he grow up and go for a swim, i wont let him naked... ill make sure he will wear something... i bring him on the beach already when he was 7 months and i let him wear trunks... and besides i dont like the idea that might kid were naked in public places... although they look cute,but for me its not proper
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thanks for giving your opinion. I appreciate it.
@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
18 Sep 07
dont mention it... i am glad to know that you like it... enjoy monitoring your baby! have a nice day ahead friend
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
17 Sep 07
I always loved watching my children when they were toddlers stripping off their clothing and running around the house naked so innocent and cute and unselfconcious. Would I ever let them even run around the house like that with company around....NO! They were taught modesty at a young age. There are way too many predators and freaks out and about. In public ...NEVER!! That is just asking for trouble. While a majority of people will look at them as just what they are...cute little kids...there are some that will not. Also like you said...the sun exposure can't be good.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I agree that it seems safer for children to have clothes, for various reasons.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
23 Sep 07
Well I think it's kind of cute as well, but had he been my son I would've been hesitant about doing that because of some of the sick people out there who could've been looking at him the wrong way, also I would've worried about his whole body getting too much sun.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
24 Sep 07
That's the way this "grandma" felt, too. Thanks for the reply.
• Brazil
17 Sep 07
If I had a child I wouldn't let him/her go without clothes in a public place specially if my child was a girl because unfortunately there are people who don't respect even children...
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
19 Sep 07
You are right about that! Thanks for replying.
@tanjam420 (228)
• United States
17 Sep 07
i wouldnt be offended either, but would i let my child be outside naked? no i wouldnt let my children be naked outside, they have to have on a pair of shorts at least. if they are wareing diapers, that is what they would have to ware.. not saying that that is how it should be that is just me. i would be too worried about what could happen, infection, sunburn ect..but every parent is different..
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I, too, would be more concerned about the dangers than being embarrassed. Thanks for replying.
• China
17 Sep 07
i dont have any kids not yet, but i mind my children play in a public place without any clothes. but on a beach, maybe it's okay. but make sure put them on enough sunblock
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I agree with the sunblock. I can't imagine being badly sunburned in some places on my body! Thanks for the reply and welcome to myLot.
@ghazal2k5 (983)
• India
17 Sep 07
Well it depends on mentality of people. But i surely won't let my child go without clothes in public place. He is a child, he don't know whats right and whats wrong. But parents should know.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I gathered that these parents did not think it was wrong to let him be that way. Like I said, I didn't mind. I just wondered what others might think. Thanks for the reply.
• United States
17 Sep 07
I would have had at least a pair of underware on him. He shouldnt be naked. I understand hes little but still.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I guess I would have to say I noticed! It's been awhile since I have seen a child with nothing on. Her little girl did have a bathing suit. but she was about four, I think.
@eden32 (3978)
• United States
17 Sep 07
Although we never actively encouraged it, our kids always seemed to wind up naked at the beach before the day was over. With my eldest swim diapers didn't exist yet, and forget about keeping a regular disposable on a kid once it's hit the water. And even with the others, sand gets in their suits, they get sticky with whatever you're eating at the beach & the sunblock and it just seems taking off the clothes makes sense. We usually visit pretty quiet beaches, so it's not like there'd be 100s of people gawking at our naked babies. For kids in the 3 or younger set, I just don't see it as a big deal at all.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I don't mind the little ones going without clothes either. I'm not sure at what age I might be bothered, but 3 sounde good.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
16 Sep 07
No, no offense taken at all with Child naked on the beach...I see nothing wrong with it at all...It is the other people that might have a problem with it...
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
It didn't bother me, but I can understand that others might feel differently. Thanks for your reply.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
16 Sep 07
At the beach maybe, but anywhere else....no. My son is 7 1/2 and allowed to run around the yard without a shirt on and sometimes my 7 1/2 month old daughter is out there in just a diaper. We live in the country and don't really have any neighbors. In a public place I do not think it is ok. In public I think they need to be fully dressed.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thanks for expressing your opinion and replying to the discussion.