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November 3, 2013

GUEST OPINION: Lack of adult education confuses children


For this woman to tell me that it was OK for her to take my child, against his will, that it was “OK because I was a teacher” isn’t the message that I would suggest to my son, or any other child. Going with that logic for a moment, this means that I could go pick up any child and tell that upset parent that it is OK because I, myself, am a mother.

Obviously, that isn’t something that I advocate, but that is the message and lesson that could be learned by the developing mind of a child. Becoming complacent with thinking that anyone working with our children, whether it is school, daycare or even a family friend is a safe place is all well and good, but the words we use when “helping” our children can sometimes be confusing and is the most concerning and something that as adults, we need to educate ourselves about.

Unfortunately for some, it doesn’t turn out to be another concerned mother just trying to “help.”

More detailed numbers from The National Center of Missing & Exploited Children shows that the U.S. Department of Justice reports that, on average, 2,185 children younger than 18 are reported missing each day. In a one-year period, 58,200 children are the victims of non-family abductions and 115 children are the victims of a “stereotypical” kidnapping. Shockingly, it seems children are abducted by many different types of people for several different reasons.

Of all the children abducted yearly, it makes me wonder how many of those taken were told that it was OK because they were a teacher, police officer, fireman, principal, etc. If you ask most any child what they are supposed to do when someone tries to take them, it has been drilled in so much that they will more than likely roll their eyes and sigh out the answer that we are looking for. Basic child psychology and many parenting books tell us that our children want to please the adults in their lives, but child predators are using this against us. State and federal law states that putting a child in your car without written permission from the parent or guardian, is considered kidnapping.

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