I can appreciate that parents and other adults that are in charge of children have been affected by the frequent media reminders that children do get killed while riding a bike or walking. These events also happen to adults. Because the media devotes so much time to child abduction, adults worry about children being victimized by a child predator in their community and these concerns are real. In reality, true stranger abductions or victimizations are extremely rare.
I hope that as adults, we don't become so consumed with fear that we steal essential human experiences from our children. Sometimes, children want to be free to explore, free to imagine and free of fear. I would like to think that there are times when our children can be in our communities where many adults watch, but don't hover over children. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org