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Did you know you cannot buy a white van without proof that you are a predator?

Police Report: A Boy Got Into White Van. You Know What THAT Means!

. Sometimes, you gotta print the whole story, just to prove that THIS IS THE WHOLE STORY.  Note what is missing. (Hint: It’s not the child.) WNYT reports that: Schenectady police investigate possible missing child 09/01/2015  Schenectady police are investigating a report of a possible missing child. They say an unconfirmed third party saw a […]

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Let's hear it for the Mounties!

A Missing Kid and the Benefit of the Doubt

. This is how it’s SUPPOSED to work: Dear Free-Range Kids: I feel very fortunate that we live  in Northern Alberta, Canada, where the kids play outside all day, all year! Last summer, we had the biggest scare of our lives.  It was the last day of school and I was resting in my bedroom […]

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Those are feathers!

Want Safer Kids? Send Them Into Traffic

. There are two ways to approach a risk: Try to spend your whole life avoiding it, or learn how to deal with it. In Germany, when it comes to kids, the authorities seem to be voting for Option B. Here’s a letter from a mom over there: Dear Free-Range Kids: Finally took a photo of […]

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Is it safe for teens to swim at the beach?

What About Letting Kids Swim at the Beach without a Parent?

. A question probably many of us have asked: Dear Free-Range Kids: I’m a fairly Free-Range parent, becoming more so due to my daily exposure to your blog, including the helpful and insightful comments from your readers. The issue I’m currently struggling with is freedom at the beach. I’m always afraid at the beach when […]

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Wow -- is that a playground?

Kids Allowed to Engage in Unsupervised “Risky Play” Develop Skills that Help Later in Making Smart Decisions about Sex and Drugs

. Mariana  Brussoni is  an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in public health and pediatrics, and lead author of a major report on the health benefits of “risky” play. The study determined what Free-Rangers feel in their (once in a while broken) bones: Too much supervision and safe-to-the-point-of-stultifying play spaces prevent kids from […]

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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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