Re: Can't be too careful
Hate to say it, but yeah, I also feel incredibly uncomfortable if a strange kid comes up to me - especially if I'm alone.
As much as that (hypothetical) kid might need help, the risk/benefit ratio of someone making wrong assumptions is just too high nowadays. If I was in a shop I might point them at a nearby staff member and say 'ask them', but the days of 'come with me and lets see if we can find your parents' are long gone.
The worst thing about it, is it'd be fucking awful if my littlun got lost and no-one helped because they were scared of being wrongly accused of something, and yet there's no way in hell I'd be able to blame them for that.
Frankly the sick twisted view society is taking where every single person is a threat is putting kids at greater risk IMHO, for every Pedo out there, there must be at least a 100 well meaning people who will no longer help a child in need because of the potential repercussions (let's face it, not like you're going to be given time to explain, is it?).
If someone is a known risk, we should deal with them, but being oversensitive does more harm than good (not least because a higher volume of wrongful accusations likely means the early accusations against those who _are_ a real risk don't get picked up as easily).
And whilst I'm on a slight rant, bundling cartoon drawings into the same class as the huge psychological harm done by real physical abuse is one of the most insensitive, sick and demented things I've seen the 'think-of-the-kids' brigade do. If you're concerned it's a slippery slope (rather than a 'safe' route to release), then fine, but making it 'equal' to pictures of real abuse only means that the predator might as well go all out if the punishment is along the same lines, thus feeding the very fucking system they're trying to stop.
I'm in a weird mood today......