I have two younger children who attend elementary school. As a parent I am continually comparing my childhood experiences to those of my two girls. My conclusion, time after time, is things have changed significantly from when I was a kid and not necessarily for the better. The degree of paranoia, yes paranoia in parents, school administrators and staff is to me mind boggling and defies logic.
For example, this past year the schools my daughters attend have installed remote locks. You must use an intercom to enter the school. Before this there were greeters and or the office is directly at the main entrance. I am not aware of any incidence that spurred the need for turning the school buildings into prisons. Other "security" measures include, parents must have a picture identification plaque visible in the windshield of the car when picking up their children.
On the other hand children are taught to recognize bad situations and to avoid strangers. Each year they are given identification cards in the remote chance they should be abducted. As a parent I participate in educating my children on avoiding possible abduction. What I do not do is scare them to the degree where they are fearful of living and enjoying life. The fact is there is not a bad guy behind every bush on every street corner waiting to snatch a kid, all though I feel that has become the prevailing thought.
Education is the best protection in my opinion, because no matter what, bad things can still happen. By being educated and aware we as human beings can protect ourselves against bad stuff from happening to us.
This is why I became a home inspector. I can help educate people so they can better protect themselves when purchasing a home. And like I said even then bad things can still happen, but more often than not a potentially disastrous situation is thwarted through the process of inspection / education.
By educating ourselves we remove some of the fear out certain events or situations in life. Fear feeds on itself and often makes reasonable people do unreasonable things. A little fear is always good, paranoia will destroy ya.
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