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My “Sex Offender Brunch”

. Meet my friends on the registry, Josh Gravens and Galen Baughman: . \ . I wrote  about my brunch in The New York Daily News. Here’s to laws that actually do what they’re supposed to — protect kids — instead of ruining the lives of people who do not pose a threat to them. – […]

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Am I really more dangerous than a stranger???

You Know What’s REALLY Dangerous for Kids?

“That’s dangerous!” Most of us parents have had that shouted at us at some point — often when we’re letting our kids do something that is, statistically, not very dangerous at all, like letting a 3 year old nap in the car while we pay for the gas, or letting our 7-year-old walk to the […]

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It's "pantomime," not "pants-off mime."

“Don’t Touch My Nuts!” Yells Kid When Actor in Children’s Play Asks, “What’s Your Name?”

Readers — I hope that this is the story of just one over-coached kid. But…maybe not. This is a piece from SpikedOnline by the inimitable Josie Appleton who runs the Manifesto Club in Britain, which is like Free-Range Kids mixed with Reason.com.  A “panto” is the age-old, slapstick, audience-participatory Christmas pantomime show (not silent!) that has […]

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All I want for Christmas is for you to LET ME GO!!!!

Ban Children from Santa’s Knee, Says Child Safety Expert

GET AWAY FROM ME, YOU PERVERT…and please bring me a toy firetruck.   Assume all Santas are child molesters and teach kids not to sit on their laps. That’s what a well-known “child safety expert” in Australia is suggesting. Child protection activist Hetty Johnston this week backed the concerns of Queensland parents worried the time had […]

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An active shooter drill. (Not the one at the school, for photo rights issues.)

School Shooter Sensors: Like Smoke Alarms, But For Bullets

Readers — Schools shootings are rare and random. They are also horrifying. When we hear about one, joy  drains out of life for a while. It is into that vacuum that “solutions” rush in. The latest is a system of censors that supposedly can identify where a shot is coming from, should a madman enter […]

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Thought I'd grab a child while I was out.

Predators* Stay Out!

Readers — Sometimes I feel compelled to document a fear that will either die a natural death from its unwieldiness, or become so pervasive no one will remember a time before we all believed it. In this case, from England, the fear is that any adult who chooses to be in proximity to children, no […]

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TWO abduction attempts in ONE WEEK? Children are NEVER SAFE!

Two Abduction Attempts Reported in One Week

Readers — This note from the commenter CoasterFreak reminds me of a fantastic Bloom County comic by Berkeley Breathed reprinted in the Joel Best book I am devouring: “Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern About Child-Victims.” (It’s all about how predator panic began and spread.) Anyway, the comic, from Nov. 21, 1987 (if anyone can figure out how to […]

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Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Did Oprah Make Us Terrified for Our Kids?

Readers — This is idea that someone should write their doctorate on. Dear Free-Range Kids: During the height of this summer’s “hot car” hysteria, I found your website and it was like a lightbulb went off.  All the common sense I have stifled in the interest of being a “good mom” has a voice!  And […]

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