Originally Posted by Amylcd
My comments in red. I'm shocked that so many people are this paranoid about school buses.
Uncle Bob is the one that is going to molest your child, not a teacher or a bus driver.
I think some parents do a disservice to their children hovering so much that their children do not have an opportunity to experience life. Busses are safe. Playing outside is safe. Teachers are safe.
To live your life looking up, waiting for the airplane to hit your roof, is not LIVING. Don't suffocate your children the same way. Don't teach them to fear strangers - because strangers are the good guys. The world needs more people saying "hello" to strangers.
It's called "calculated risk". I take the 1 in 50 million risk of salmonella by letting my children lick the beaters. Why? Because they are in more harm walking across the kitchen floor than getting sick from raw eggs. And they get to participate in what I consider a rite of childhood, that I won't deny them. I won't stifle their exploration, learning, experience, and maturity.
FWIW, the world is as safe today as it was when I was growing up in the 70's. But you can thank 24 hour news and shows like Without A Trace for blurring the line between reality and fiction. It's just NOT DANGEROUS out there.
JMO, of course.