It takes a village, right? More specifically, it takes a community that is willing to speak out. We are often worried about being nosy or, at the very least, being thought of as nosy by our neighbors. Sometimes, it’s OK to wonder if everything around us is well and safe. We don’t want to be overly protective and to teach our children to see monsters everywhere; but we have an opportunity here to double-check that we are providing a safe environment for our children. We protect them in our homes through the products we choose, the media they are exposed to, or the people they learn to trust. It’s high time we extended the perimeter of safety past the walls of our homes and into our communities.
This week, we selected information that can help us all deal with the heart-rending problems of missing kids. We started with David Finkelhor’s five pervasive myths about child abductions, and we linked to a Factsheet on Online Sexual Predators: these put the issues into perspective and help us to approach the subject without the emotive and alarmist tone that characterizes many media reports. We highlighted the critical importance of not spreading misinformation, with this report on Fake Amber Alerts on Facebook. We also had plenty of positive news, with this piece on Embracing the Good News on Children’s Safety and another on 5 Missing Children Who Made It Home.
Thank you for joining us this week in keeping children and our communities first and foremost in our hearts.