Comment 43902

By jasonaallen (registered) - website | Posted July 23, 2010 at 10:08:19

I walked into the Staples in Stoney Creek about a year after the horrific crime against Holly Jones, and a Child Find table was there. They asked if I wanted to register my son...and I said no. They asked if I was concerned about his safety, and again I said no. They mentioned Holly Jones. I said "Let's do the math. There are 5 million or so people in the GTHA. Let's say 1,000,000 of them are little kids. Each one of them leaves their house to play, go to school etc, proabably twice a day. That's 2,000,000 interactions between little kids and the 'big bad world' every day. While the Holly Jones story is certainly horrific, and not to diminish the grief at all - but these stories hit the Toronto area once every 3-4 to three years.

So 2,000,000 x 1095 days = you guessed it, about a one in about 1,000,000,000 chance that a stranger might try and hurt my son. Frankly, if I was enough of an idiot to run my life around odds that unlikely, I'd probably be relying on 6/49 for my retirement." I might as well have been speaking Swahili.

In the meantime, I'll educate my son on what to do on the off chance he gets approached, and let him get on with the important busienss of being a kid: learning problem solving, risk assessment and management, and conflict resolution. Wonder why your 35 yr old son is still in your basement? It might have something to do with that HUGE roll of bubble wrap.
Check out www.freerangekids.wordpress.com for my heroine!

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