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The Enduring Myth of Stranger Danger

Second thoughts on keeping kids safe by never letting them out of our sight.

When it comes to keeping your children safe, it might be a myth that strangers are still the biggest danger to them.

Sexual abuse in children tends to happen with people that they know and are associated with the family.

Letgrow shares a list of things to think about when considering which practices, precautions, and laws make kids safer — and which may FEEL “protective” but actually aren’t.

Teens need to learn to be more independent as they grow up. They need to learn to navigate the real and online world without us.

Although no app is dangerous by itself, there are a few potentially dangerous apps for teens and tweens that all parents should be aware of.

The Enduring Myth of Stranger Danger

Key Takeaways:

  • Most child abuse happens by someone that the child and family know, rather than a stranger.
  • One of the biggest childhood dangers is most likely being a passenger in a moving car, as car accidents happen on an everyday basis.
  • Children today are in more ‘danger’ of anxiety, depression, and obesity as kids spend more time supervised indoors, rather than having some independence to explore and be active outdoors.
  • Stranger danger is more real online, and your children should be made aware of the dangers of Live Room Chat Sites where predators and cyberbullying are real threats.
  • Teach your kids how to recognize, resist and report any predatory behavior. This is far more practical than restricting your children’s freedom.

We want kids to be safe, sound and loved. In a country where the crime rate is not going up, most molesting is not at the hands of a stranger, childhood anxiety, depression and obesity are spiking as kids spend more time supervised and indoors, and even the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is telling Americans to stop teaching kids stranger danger, it is time to give kids back some healthy independence.letgrow.com

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