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Do You Let Your Kids Play Outside Alone? (VIDEO)

Ok, I’m probably a little paranoid, but after working in the news business, I’m determined my family will never be a statistic if I can help it.

Especially my kids.

According to Kids Fighting Chance, a system that helps kids to protect themselves, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing….that’s about 800,000 kids. Of those – about 69,000 are abducted. About 12,000 of those are non-family abductions – and to go evern further – about 37% of THOSE are by a stranger. When you put it like that, it sounds *small*…. or *unlikely*, I know.  But it still happens.

It is right about this time of year, with the weather begging for us to head outdoors, that my husband I begin our annual, ‘can the kids play outside alone?’ debate. Every time we have had the conversation before, a story like Breeann’s will pop up… or this one about a 4 year old found within 20 minutes of my home. So, you can guess which side of the debate I’m on.

I get it.  I do.  I’m paranoid. And kids will be kids. And our neighborhood is safe.  And all that jazz.

But they are still my responsibilty.  And I still can’t bear the thought of anything happening on my watch.  But, I will have to relax eventually, yes?

What do you think?  Do you let your kids play outside alone?  And, at what age did you decide you were comfortable?

Read more from Danielle on Strollerderby and her personal sites ExtraordinaryMommy and DanielleSmithMedia.

You can also follow her on Twitter.

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Photo Credit: ChrisRoll: FreeDigitalPhotos

 

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