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A Truck Drove by The Bus Stop!

. This was a  notice sent out by an Iowa school district. As the resident who sent it to me wrote, “Evidently it is now a crime to even speak to a child waiting for the bus. Two men in a truck! Everybody run!” (Boldface mine.) Subject: Stranger Danger Alert: 1300 Block of NW 92nd Street, Clive […]

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Darth Vader has nothing on this dad.

Man Takes Selfie at Target. Nearby Mom Thinks He Photographed Her Kids, Posts His Picture on Facebook. Now He’s Getting Death Threats.

. What a week. By believing that predators with puppies are grabbing kids in broad daylight, right and left, and by videotaping that made-for-TV scenario, Joey Salads helped reinforce one of the fastest growing beliefs of the day: That any man who interacts with children is doing it for his own perverted purposes. That belief leads […]

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Are we afraid of almost everything, where our kids are concerned? BINGO!

UPDATE! See the Real Bingo Card for Child Hysteria Bingo!

LOOK! Thank you, Marjorie Ingall,  for making this into a Bingo Card! (And here’s a site that allows you to do the same. So fun!)  Readers — Commenter Jenny Islander sent in this brilliant Child Hysteria Bingo board! Feel free to add more ideas: Welp, I think I’ve finally read enough of Free-Range Kids to make […]

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Enjoy your day, children!

School Bans Costumes for Mental Health Reasons

Hi Readers! I’m up in Canada to give some talks to Early Educators, and one of them told me about a school in Paris, Ontario, that has banned Halloween costumes. Why? The school gave whole host  of reasons, including the fear that the costumes could upset some children, as could the prospect of wearing a […]

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No pictures of my kid!

Mom Beats Up College Student Taking Pix of Her Daughter in Park

Readers — weren’t we just talking about bizarre belief that anyone photographing children is somehow putting them at risk? And creepy to boot? Here’s what happened in Springfield, Mass, by reporter Conor Berry, at The Republican:   A 32-year-old city resident was arrested for allegedly stomping on the face of a college student who was taking […]

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Those poor doomed children who live in Bloomsburg, PA.

Please PLEASE Do Not Publish Photos of Local Children!

Readers — This is just a fascinating artifact from the world of Worst-First thinking, where folks believe today’s children are completely besieged by criminal masterminds (or at least the last of the phonebook users)  who are driven in equal measures by rank evil and a love of intensive research. It ran as a letter to […]

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Australian School Bans Swimming Photos. Why? Guess

Australian School Bans Swimming Photos. Why? Guess

Folks — The Manifesto Club in  Britain is just a brilliant group dedicated to many of the same issues as Free-Range Kids. Among them: The way that pedophile panic is making us distrust absolutely every adult around a child. The latest example? This: An Australian primary school has banned parents from taking photos of their […]

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Dear Principal: Please Get Rid of the Cameras

Dear Principal: Please Get Rid of the Cameras

Readers — Here’s a great letter by George Mason economist Alex Tabarrok that he graciously allowed me to lift from his blog, Marginal Revolution. – L. Dear Principal _____, Thank you for requesting feedback about the installation of interior cameras at the high school. I am against the use of cameras. I visited the school recently […]

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