Friday, May 23, 2008

Let's Be Careful Out There

Could the changes in society caused by higher gasoline, a less than optimal reputation in the world, and a budding realization that the mass media controls us in irrational ways actually be having an impact on our behavior, this time for the good?

Check out this blog, Free Range Kids, that actually asks:
Do you ever.....let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk alone to school? Take a bus, solo? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free Range Kid! At Free Range, we believe in safe kids. We believe in helmets, car seats and safety belts. We do NOT believe that every time school age children go outside, they need a security detail.
More on this from the Christian Science Monitor.

Free Range Kids is a great resource for those who are tired of the daily drumbeat from both local TV news and cable news that will jump on a stranger danger story every time there's an opportunity. As the blog points out, your kid is 40 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than be abducted...

We recently let our 15 year old fly to a friends home down the east coast alone. It was tough, but the right thing to do, and everything was fine.

Three cheers for Free Range Kids.