Stranger Danger

Because of media hype, parents are unnecessarily paranoid about the dangers of strangers abducting and killing their children. They are suffocating their children in the process, turning them into obese, pasty worms who never see the light of day.

In 1970, 66% of children walked or biked to school. Today 10% do. 70% of children played outside. Now only 30% are permitted to.

Abductions are 1/3 what they were in the 1990s and most of those are parents disputing custody. The risk of a child being killed by a stranger are 1/20 the risk of drowning and 1/40 the risk of a fatal car accident. If for some strange reason you wanted your child to be killed by a stranger, you would have to leave them outside unattended for an average of 750,000 years. Sexual abuse is nearly always by someone the child knows, most commonly the father.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70) The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined