Some may say it's better to be "safe than sorry." But leaping to an extremely unlikely conclusion from an extremely normal event -- seeing an adult with a child -- is not being "safe." It is being hysterical. It is filling in the blanks of, "Gee, I wonder what's going on," with, "HORROR! PERVERSION! PREDATOR! KIDNAPPING!" as if that's a likely scenario unfolding in plain view, in the afternoon, at a place where parents and kids normally go (and then leave from) together.
The bill redefines child neglect to exclude children of “sufficient age” walking to and from school, parks and shops.
Two Florida parents were hit with felony neglect charges after their 11-year-old son was reportedly playing alone in the backyard for an hour and a half.According to his mother, the boy arrived home before his parents and was locked out of the house, so he shot some hoops in the yard until they arrived.A neighbor saw the child outside alone and called the local police. When his mother and father arrived home, they were met by a police officer, who arrested them for child negligence.
Fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape.
The arrest of Debra Harrell for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old alone at a park has sparked debate about how young is too young to leave kids on their own
So much of this is due to local crime news turning into national crime news (sensationalism sells!), giving the impression that things are getting more and more dangerous, while crime statistics show things are actually getting safer.
Author Lenore Skenazy says today's holiday toys are so risk averse that there's almost nothing left to warn about. But still, the warnings come every year from consumer groups.