I am sickened. It seems like every early evening when I turn on the television there is another child murdered or missing, horribly or sexually abused. This is usually followed by an hour devoted to the "case" and day by day ratings-grabbers until the next child is murdered. I wonder how safe children feel even in their own homes with their own family. Do they watch these shows? Can kids escape seeing them or being aware in some form. What does a hug mean? What do they worry about especially the younger ones? Do we even know how kids feel & what they fear? I don't remember it seeming so unsafe when I grew up although I was told to be careful, to walk on the other side of the street if someone was following me etc., etc. No doubt the violence & abuse was all there. Is it the media coverage that exaggerates or is the violence really increasing? This got me wondering in general..questions I had. Parent or not, most of us have contact with children. Feel free to give your thoughts to any of these or to voice your own questions & issues.
1. Should hour- long shows about the victimization of children be shown between 5 & 8:00 p.m.?
2. Currently, do you monitor what your children are watching at the times these programs are on.?
3. Do you feel a dose of reality is better than turning off the t.v. at those times?
4. Should perpetrators of crimes against young people under the age 18 receive a life sentence even if it is the first offence?
5. Would you have your child outfitted with a GPS microchip?
6. If it were free would you have a DNA record of your child on file somewhere?
7. Should every convicted criminal be required to provide a blood sample for DNA testing regardless of the crime?
8. Should released sex offenders be required to live in a group home setting rather than in the community?
9. If it would reduce investigation time, should sex offenders be required to have a monitor or implant for the rest of their lives?
10. Should users and distributors of child pornography receive the same sentence as sex offenders?
11. Do you think it totally unlikely that a member of your family or extended family would abuse your child?
12. Do you believe some sexual predators can be rehabilitated depending upon their age?
13. Would your child feel safe enough to tell you of any incident and would you believe him/her?
14. Do you always keep a ' head-shot' picture of your child current for ID purposes?
15. Do you know what your children feel or fear when they hear about these incidents and how do you make them feel protected and safely loved?