Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Child Safety Measures

So the #1 child is now taking the bus home from school as an experiment (she just turned 8 and has been pushing for this for months). I walk her to the bus every morning and that won't change; she'd never get dressed and on the bus without me playing drill sergeant.
BUT and its a big but, no one will be with her for the walk home. Now, to be honest its only a block and a half and its a safe neighborhood and other kids get off the bus with her and there is even one boy who lives across the street who will walk with her most of the way, but I didn't get as crazy as I am without being paranoid.

Anyone out there have any ideas for security measures for an 8 year old?

Obviously she cant take weapons like pepper spray, knives, saps to school (or leave them 'hidden' at the bus stop). She is a 4th degree belt (purple) in TaeKwonDo and knows not be in 'condition white' when walking home, but I'll feel more comfortable giving her something more substantial than a whistle. Perhaps she could always carry a freshly sharpened number 2 pencil?  LOL.

Aaahhh, the joys of being a parent in the 21st century.


PISSED said...

What a sad sad sad day and age that we live in when you have to worry and think about all these things for an 8 year old. My god :(. Is it really that bad out there or has the 24 hour drive by media made us all paranoid? I remember 10-15 kids at one bus stop. NOW the friggin bus stops at every driveway pratically.

sobriant74 said...

I think it is the 24 hours news cycle. Now we hear about every little blonde girl or woman who goes missing; the Anthony trial on TV, that girl who got kidnapped and raped for 15 years, Elizabeth Smart getting snatched out of her own home. It just makes me nervous being a parent, can't help it. So far walking home from the bus stop has gone well, and the dog certainly likes having someone home 2 hours earlier than normal. :)

sobriant74 said...

By the way, this is what she now carries.