reply to post by Imagir
As a parent, nothing is more terrifying to me than something happening to my son. I'm an overprotective helicopter parent and will admit it.
With that said...
1). I do think the media talks about this issue. Quite a bit, actually, to the point they get accused of fear mongering. We've become so distrusting
of everyone that we're constantly looking over our shoulder for bad guys.
IMO, when it comes to our kids we can't be too careful. I just wanted to point it out that the media does hype it up, though, to the point of
2). 800,000 reports is a bit misleading. Even when they break down the statistics, there is about 500,000 unaccounted for. That might mean parents who
couldn't find their kids, filed a report, then later found little Johnny who went to the arcade after school with his friends without telling
Then the article mentions 200,000 end up being with other family members (an unfortunate side effect of our divorce/custody culture). It's
technically classified as child abduction for the non custodial parent to take the child.
That leaves 58,000 found with non family members and 115 that 'represent the most serious cases in which the child is abducted by a stranger and
killed, held for ransom, or taken with the intention to keep.'
Those 58,000 + 115 are the ones that actually scare me. So the '800,000' is somewhat sensationalist and is along the lines of the fear mongering I
It makes it sounds as if almost a million children are lost forever every year which obviously isn't the case.
Don't get me wrong- it's awful, it's tragic, it's every parents worst fear. I just wanted to help break down the stats a bit and to mention the
fact the media does in fact address it to the point of sensationalism at times.
[edit on 2/6/2010 by AshleyD]