“Stranger Danger” gets it SO WRONG that even the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking adults to stop teaching it to kids — or believing it themselves. Over at Let Grow today I discuss the enduring legacy of the evil stranger trope and what to teach kids instead.
And as I point out: We all want kids to be safe, sound and loved. In a country where most molesting is not at the hands of a stranger and childhood anxiety, depression and obesity are spiking, it’s time for the safety OF our kids to give them back some healthy independence.
That means we have to start trusting the world, too — not the worst-case scenarios we’re fed. Read my piece by clicking here.