Missing, exploited, and maltreated children are never a happy subject to ponder, particularly since a large majority of these stories involve family violence or disputes. And yet, a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows a 68 percent decline in children’s crime exposure (direct and indirect). This blog post comes from the same David Finkelhor that wrote the Washington Post op-ed we linked to earlier in the week. He offers some more good news on child safety.
Archive for May 2013
In this important op-ed in the Washington Post, David Finkelhor debunks five pervasive myths about child abductions and the circumstances under which they occur. He exposes the stranger myth, the ineffectiveness of “stranger danger” lessons, and the role of the Internet in kidnappings. He also offers hope by proposing that returning children to their families is not always the main goal; and that, despite renewed fear of predators brought on by news and media, the overall state of missing and exploited children is getting better.
David Finkelhor is the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire and a researcher for the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children.
The most disturbing part of the Amanda Berry story is that she was kept imprisoned for a decade just a few short miles from her home, in a perfectly normal residential neighborhood. It’s a community that had every chance to spot her over this tortuously long amount of time. By some accounts, she was seen and heard. A scream went unreported. A woman was seen confined in the yard.
Of all the lessons to be learned from Berry’s ordeal (and her daughter born in captivity, and the two other imprisoned girls), the biggest may be vigilance. As joyous as their return home was, vigilance may have helped them home a decade sooner.
If and when a time comes in which we must rescue someone, most of us will not be armed with weapons or walkie-talkies. We may have to fight through a filter of indifference. Let’s make a conscious effort to do so. KidSafe Home Safety Products delivers goods, but it takes more than kid safety products to protect our children. Let’s arm ourselves with the most important of weapons: information. This week, to mark the upcoming Missing Children’s Day on May 25, we will be helping to disseminate some important research and information on missing children.
For this cycle of KidSafe we talked about Asthma and the effects it can have on the lives of children. Join us and give us your opinions on the subject.
- Recent studies show that parents who sucked on their kids pacifiers when they were babies may be less likely to get asthma. For more information go here.
- There may soon be a way that children with severe asthma and allergies can get relief without needles. For more information read EurekAlerts press release.
- Are children in the United States that were born here more likely to get asthma than children who were not? Read this article to find out.
- It seems that children in Minnesota are not letting the fact that they asthma keep them down; they are playing sports anyway. To find out more read John Lundy’s article for the Duluth News Tribune.
- The annual Walk or Run for Asthma event is being held on May 25. Please come out and join them in their fight against this condition.
- Finally, we discussed the fact that having asthma in the past could really affect the way a child was able to live. What do you think of the way things were in the past as opposed to today? We would love to hear from you.
After reading John Lundy’s article for the Duluth News Tribune entitled “Health Notes: Asthma Doesn’t Keep Kids Out of Sports,” I was very pleased. I can still remember the basketball games, football games, and soccer matches that my cousin had to sit on the sidelines for, like it was yesterday, just because he suffered from asthma. Maybe, it was because I came from a small, small town, and the big cities could have been different, but you were treated differently if you had asthma in my town, and you certainly weren’t allowed to play any type of sports, something my cousin had wanted to do from a very young age.
I remember sitting on the sidelines with him, seeing the yearning in his eyes because he thought of his condition as a plague, always felt that he wasn’t as “good” as everyone else. Could his life have been different if our coaches and the players themselves had thought the way that coaches and students do in Minnesota today? I wholeheartedly believe that it could have been, don’t you?
The days when children suffer by being “different” just because of asthma seem to be falling by the wayside, join us in the fight against asthma so that every child can succeed and live the life that they long to live.
The annual Run or Walk for Asthma is being held on May 25. Asthma is a condition that affects many of America’s children, and many adults as well. If you are able please come out and join the fight for air for these children. For more information on the event and what you can do read Gina Pitisci’s article for WCTV.tv.
It seems that the days of not being able to play sports if you have asthma are over, at least in Minnesota. Reports are pouring in and children with asthma are actually more apt to play sports than children without. Find out why in John Lundy’s article for the Duluth News Tribune.
Recent studies have shown that children who are born inside of the United States are more likely to develop hay fever, allergies, and asthma. Studies conducted show that children born outside of the United States and then brought here, don’t tend to get these conditions as often. To find out why read Sharon Gloger Friedman’s article for Examiner.com.
John Hopkins is saying that in recent studies it may have found an under the tongue drop that will help children who have serious asthma and allergy issues as well as giving them a shot can. The jury is is still out on the subject however. For more information read EurekAlerts article on the subject.
Recent studies have shown that kids whose parents cleaned their pacifiers by sucking on them have less asthma and allergy issues growing up. The reports of course, are not concrete and there is no proof but researchers are seeing a trend. For more information read Fox New’s article on the subject.