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Girl Let Off a Wrong Bus Stop NOT Molested and Left For Dead

It happens every so often at the beginning of the school year and this September was no exception. The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reports that, sadly, a 7-year-old was let off at the wrong bus stop the other day, even after she told the bus driver i...It happens every once in a while at the beginning of the school year and this September was no exception. The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reports that, sadly, a 7-year-old was let off at the wrong bus stop the other day, even after she told the bus driver it was not where she was supposed to get off. It was, instead, four blocks from her house.

Let Adults Hang Out at the Playground (Even if They Don't Have Kids)

What would you do if you saw a man hanging around the playground and he didn't have any kids there? Well, soon that question may be moot. Miami Beach is just the latest locality considering legislation that would make 19 playgrounds "children's ...

What's So Dirty About Kiddie Pictures?

The new school picture? Credit: Anna Brooks / Samantha Harvey
When art students Anna Brooks and Samantha Harvey asked if they could take some children's photos at a local school, they were told by the principal, fine. They could photograph one ch...

'I See You Have a Family Decal on Your Car. Now I Will Kidnap Your Kids!'

OK, folks: Quiz time! What are the glaring problems with this letter to Annie's Mailbox -- and Annie's response? "Dear Annie" (wrote a lady): Years ago people put little placards in their kids' windows so that firefighters could find them in ...

'Don't Talk to Strangers' is Dangerous Advice

Want to keep your children safe? Teach them to talk to strangers. Oh, sure, that's easy for me to say -- Ms. Free-Range Kids. But it's not just me. "We have been trying to debunk the myth of stranger danger," says Ernie Allen. He's the head of t...

Would You Let Your 8-Year-Old Play at the Park Without You?

Boo boos. Bathrooms. Predators. Those are the three big objections that keep coming up -- though not necessarily in that order -- when I mention that this coming Saturday, May 22, is, "Take Our Children to the Park...And Leave Them There Day."...

How Your Son Could End Up on the Sex Offender List

Let's say your son turns 18. He gets a job at the local carnival, running the ride where the kids lie face down and spin around till they shriek with delight (or puke). Before each ride he has to buckle the kids in so they don't fly out. But then -...

Is It Wrong to Make Your Kid Hug a Relative?

"Child Predators Love Polite Kids." That's the title of this tip sheet for parents, and it's also something you hear a lot: Don't make your kid kiss grandma, or hug Uncle Fester, because when you do the child gets the message, "I must submit to any...

Can a Mom Leave Her Kid Alone at the Library for Three Minutes?

The mother was at the library with her 5-year-old, the library where they go every week, in Rochester, New York. So why did this Terrible Parenting Moment have to happen? They had only a few minutes before they had to leave to pick up Daughter #...

Be Neighborly: Get to Know Your Local Sex Offenders

You get a flyer in your mailbox: There's a sex offender two blocks away. My God -- your kids pass his house every day! What should you do? Well, he's your neighbor. Be neighborly. Pay a call. "With another adult, go to this gentleman's home...

Help! My Kid is (Always) on Facebook!

So I'm having a leisurely chat with another mom the other night -- our kids were doing a volunteer project together --and I'm complaining about my 13-year-old spending every waking moment on Facebook. She's complaining about the same thing. But ...

Are we teaching kids to fear men?

A while back, I wrote about men in the UK shying away from volunteer work with children for fear of being labeled as pedophiles. Based on the comments I received, this isn't an uncommon fear. Are we, as parents, teaching our children to fear men? Th...

MySpace vindicated in case of sexual predator

I don't know from MySpace. When you get to be my age, there are just some things you don't get, I guess. It seems a thirteen-year-old girl from Texas set up a MySpace account claiming to be 18. She met up with a nineteen-year-old man for dinner and a...

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