What Parents Should Actually Worry About

Bruce Schneier’s blog has a link to an interesting article. Based on surveys parents were asked what their top concerns were involving their children. The top five were:

1. Kidnapping
2. School snipers
3. Terrorists
4. Dangerous strangers
5. Drugs

School snipers? It’s nice to know mass shootings are no longer the concern but individual snipers take patient shots and individual targets. That’s certainly a relief. Oh, and terrorists made the list. This isn’t surprising but it should be. So what are the top five methods of children dying? Well nothing on the above list made the second list:

1. Car accidents
2. Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
3. Abuse
4. Suicide
5. Drowning

Funny that. Maybe parents need to learn some perspective.