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Beware the terrifying  copy editor!

Shame on the Fear-mongering Washington Post

. David Finkelhor, head of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, has written a very solid, smart article about the recent murder of Nicole Lovell, the 13-year-old Virginia girl allegedly killed by two older teens she met online. While The New York Times and other media immediately published articles screeching about new apps creating a world […]

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Oh no! A man driving a car! You know what THAT means!

“Child Luring” Suspect Was Actually…

. Years ago I went to a friend’s African-American church. The preacher told a story about the time he was running to catch the bus on Manhattan’s Central Park West — a beautiful avenue boasting our iconic park on one side, and million dollar condos on the other. As he sprinted up the street, a […]

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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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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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Why would a boy hang out with someone my age?

Why Is That Old Man Hanging Out with That Kid at The Museum?

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story about what happened when an old man started to hang out with a boy he met at the museum. Can you imagine this unfolding the same way today? When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at 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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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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There goes another one.

Mistaking My Dad for a Predator

Readers, this comes to us from Tiffany, who calls herself “a nomadic mom of 11 & 12 year old Free-Range boys traveling the USA via RV.” How cool is that?  Dear Free-Range Kids:  My late father’s occupation, and love, was teaching mobility to blind students. He was employed by the school district and taught blind, […]

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The night is dark and full of diamonds.

Are Sleepovers Too Dangerous to Allow Anymore?

Readers: Remember, whenever considering any childhood activity, no matter how innocuous, first think about how TERRIBLE you’d feel if it ended up a tragedy from which your children (if they survive) NEVER RECOVER. Then go ahead and decide if you think they should do it. Here’s a lovely example of that worst-first thinking, below. It’s from a […]

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