A kid, a cone, a conquest.

What Happens When a Boy Gets Lost on His Very First Bike Ride

The Free-Range Kids Project is catching on. The idea is simple: A school, a grade, or even just one teacher tells the students to go home and ask their parents if they can do ONE THING that they feel they’re ready to do that, for one reason or another, they haven’t done yet. Most recently, […]

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Swing #1: "Boy am I tired of representing a missing child." Swing #2: "Tell me about it."

Puppies, Predators, Parks, Paranoia, The BBC…and Me

  . Let’s hear it for the reporter in this BBC report on the Joey Salads puppy/park/predator video. She takes him to task for pulling the “700 children are abducted a day” factoid out of his fannypack. (Or, worse, randomly off the Internet.) What I do not love is that, of course, many of my […]

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Teaching your kids not to trust anyone but you isn't fair or wise.

“Teaching Children ‘Stranger Danger’ Is Terrible” – Missing Child Organization, Belgium

From Belgium comes this encouraging note: Dear Free-Range Kids: Have you seen this [Joey Salads’ puppy/park/predator] video circulating on the internet which warns parents about child abduction? It’s going viral right now. Good news, the Belgian public organization (called Child Focus) that helps families whose child has been lost of kidnapped, has taken a stance against […]

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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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