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Stranger Danger… or just misplaced paranoia???

Posted by Sandra on August 13, 2008

Bullshit! yet again hit the nail on the head with their show on Stranger Danger.  With real statistics, real experts, and unbiased information, this show is one of the best on cable, really. 

And of course it doesn’t help that aside from their God and bible stance (they are atheists, I am Christian – but they still researched their information and got great experts to do their show), I agree with them wholeheartedly, on virtually every subject.  But I had to chuckle at their latest episode, I could’ve written it myself. 

I have always known what a wonderfully safe world we live in, and have always known my children ARE safe in this world.  I refuse to do them the disservice of looking over their shoulders everywhere they go, thinking they shouldn’t be allowed to fall down, or making them sterilize their hands every time they touch a shopping cart.  I can’t imagine living that way – I mean, truly, an airplane can crash into your roof RIGHT NOW… but you can’t spend your life outside looking up at the sky waiting on Delta to come a’knockin’! 

My children are the most important things in my life.  That should never come into question, for most every mother.  The fact that my teenager is allowed to bike 3 or 4 miles to the fast food place with his buddies, or my 10 year old can walk to the nearby park by himself, or my 3 year old is allowed in the fenced back yard while I’m in at the kitchen table has nothing to do with not caring about their safety.  No one is going to abduct them.  They’re not going to molested in the back yard.  And yes, they may fall down.  That’s why Band-Aid is in business, it happens.  Ain’t no thang.

Here’s a biggie – do you know the odds are greater that a DOCTOR (or a medical procedure) will kill your child than him being abducted?  Heck, the odds of pretty much ANYTHING hurting your child is greater than an abduction.

Yup.  Those that live in mortal fear of the stranger in their bushes out front better think twice about taking your kid to the pediatrician. 

People need to relax.  In this day of 24 hour news (hey, when I was growing up, there were three stations, with news only at 6 a.m., noon, and 11 p.m. – we actually got good news, too… imagine that!) we are prejudiced to think the world is much worse than it is.  The media paints such an ugly picture, because the pretty pictures don’t make the billions of dollars in ad revenue that they need to keep perpetuating the fear.  Stop it.  Now.  Don’t buy into it, and let your child ride her bike on the sidewalk without you being, well, a Helicopter Parent.

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3 Responses to “Stranger Danger… or just misplaced paranoia???”

  1. Scylla said

    Thanks for you visit today! I think I may have to reciprocate that girl crush! What a great post!

  2. […] Digest over the weekend that delved into the stranger paranoia again – similar to my blog on Stranger Danger.  As a matter of fact, the woman that wrote the article was featured on Bullshit! because she let […]

  3. Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

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