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  •  Confidence is a form of protection (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, Horace Boothroyd III

    Yes, building confidence is part of it.  I've allowed my kids, pre-teen and young teens, to walk for miles, cross under the interstate, etc.    The community thought it was so odd to see young girls walking that the cops stopped to see if there was something wrong!!    We've also talked about the dangers of crossing heavy traffic, the benefits of the buddy system, the importance of communicating where you are or will be, etc, to circulate along at small local festivals, etc.  

    We talk about all the dangers, and brainstorm aobut what we can do to stay safe.   And, then we make plans, take precautions, and do whatever we want to do.  

    Predators escalate from preying on the weak, to preying on the strong.     Being confident and assertive will make you a less attractive victim for many (but not all) predators.

    Reasonable safety measures will help increase your odds.  Being knowledgeable about common crimes, and common ways to avoid them.

    And, statistics will protect you from a lot of it.  There are only so many Ariel Castros.  We are far more likely to get hit by lightning.   I try to remind my kids of the realistic likelihood of certain things happening.


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