Archive | Eek! A Male! (and Stranger Danger)

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“A Stranger Looking to Kidnap and Sex Traffic a Child Is Highly Unlikely” – Roseville, California Police

Looks like the Roseville, California, police department got a little fed up with social media posts going on about local “sex trafficking kidnappers” and “suspicious people.” And so it came out with this amazing document on its Facebook page: True facts about the fears its citizens feel and perpetuate. Kudos to a department that seems […]

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Okay, I'll admit it. I AM a spooky tree.

A Predator Behind Every Tree

A mom writes:  . Dear Free-Range Kids:  . We are a homeschooling family of 7 children ages 16-4, but our kids participate in sports at the school at our church. This year I was asked to coach the elementary cross country team.  The students aged 6-10 run a lap around the campus (about a half […]

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Why would anyone ever work at a job involving kids?

Predator with a Popsicle? Our Crazy Fear of The Ice Cream Man

As I wrote in this month’s Reason Magazine: We All Scream for the Ice Cream Man’s Head The idea that ice cream men cruise around looking for victims is simply an urban myth. Paul DiMarco has been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. He owns a fleet of trucks. When one […]

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The room of doom?

“Children of Any Age Should Not Go Into Public Restrooms Alone”

These tips from HealthyChildren.org for when a child can go to a public restroom are not just hilarious and ridiculous, they are also insane, starting with this one: ​The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children feels that children of any age should not be permitted to use public restrooms alone. Any age? Why? Simply […]

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The room of doom?

Dear Annie: Boys Age 7 Are Old Enough to Use the Men’s Room

  Yes, yes, we must support our fellow parents as they grope — sorry, bad word choice! — their way through this whole child-rearing thing. I don’t recommend scolding them in public. But when a pop culture advice dispenser actually recommends worst-first thinking (dream up the worst-case scenario FIRST, no matter how unlikely, and proceed […]

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Hi. I'm so cute, I'll haunt your nightmares.

Would Your Kid Go Off with a Stranger and His Puppy?

Since this pseudo-helpful video is making the rounds again, here’s my take on it, again: It may look like the creator of this video, Joey Salads, is doing something other than creating terror, angst and hate with his Stranger Danger “social experiment.” But he’s not. As you’ll see, Mr. Salads asks parents if they’ve taught their kids […]

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