NPR's blog offers a reality check about threats to kids.
Based on surveys Barnes collected, the top five worries of parents are, in order:Parents are busy worrying about all the wrong things. It matters to all of us because parents who are worried about their children being killed by terrorists will vote in line with candidates who reflect that fear and make promises to keep them safe from terrorists, an unlikely threat. Meanwhile, a candidate who advocates for greater spending on mental health professionals to guard against suicides, a more likely threat, will be dismissed.
But how do children really get hurt or killed?
- School snipers
- Dangerous strangers
- Car accidents
- Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
(Warning: NPR's post contains not-fully explained statistics. The threat of death for everyone is 100%. Period. I think the writer means "the threat of death before the age of 18..." or something like that.)