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A Surprising (Or Maybe Not) Stranger Danger Experiment

. Here’s a social experiment that is the yin to the Joey Salad’s video yang that “taught” us to beware of strangers. As Canada’s National Post reports, Vancouver police sergeant Mark Horsley borrowed an electric wheelchair and went undercover to the “drug-infested Downtown East Side” in order to catch the criminals preying on the most vulnerable: …The […]

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Building trust.

What Can Happen When Grown Men Hang Out with a Little Girl

A bunch of men and a little girl? This vignette came as a comment from Havva as we were discussing an idea that sounds almost creepy in our predator-obsessed world: the adults that kids are attracted to. I was forever questioning workmen and contractors in my neighborhood.  One of the quick ways for mom to […]

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The Meitiv family is no longer up a tree!

MEITIV FAMILY IN MARYLAND CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES!

From Danielle Meitiv’s Facebook page comes glorious news! MORE GOOD NEWS on the free-range front: We received the notice about CPS’ findings in the second, horrible incident when the kids were picked up on April 12th. They “ruled out” neglect, which means BOTH cases have been decided in our favor and are now closed. There […]

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Those boys were braver than I'll ever be!

Boys 10 & 11 Save Two Kids from Burning Home

. Wait…isn’t there a family in Florida who had their kids taken away because the 11 year old was unsupervised for 90 minutes? Maybe the authorities can watch this video and remember that kids who are 11 are not babies. In fact, they can SAVE them. Even in Florida! Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com \ […]

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Free at last!

MARYLAND MEITIVS CLEARED OF FIRST “NEGLECT” CHARGE

Hallelujah! Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Dec. 20 incident when they let their kids walk home from the park in Silver Spring, MD.  As Donna St. George in the Washington Post reports: A Maryland couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone […]

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Gever and a budding tinkerer.

Gever Tulley’s Latest Dangerous Idea

. Gever Tulley is a big-time hero of mine. He did one of the earliest, best Ted Talks: “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do.” He also founded the Tinkering School in San Fran (and elsewhere now, too), where young kids are given power tools and encouragement. Then he and his wife Julie […]

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What happened when cops stopped a young man who was trespassing just may make your cry...in a good way.

Thank Goodness for Cops Stopping Kids! (Tempe, AZ Version)

. Just what we needed — for real. This comes to us from a reader named Steve, and ABC15 in Tempe, AZ.  A young guy is out and about. Alone. After curfew. Trespassing!   Cops get out of their squad car to approach warily, but what comes next?   Option 1: Kid appears to be […]

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