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Aug. 3rd, 2011 10:52 pm
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Bike trailers, child safety and the media's fear agenda

The title pretty much sums it up.

Here's another one. You'll love this... for a given quality of the word "love", that is. Apparently, Houston has a backlog of sexual assault kits that have never been tested. The city now wants money to deal with them. Great, right? Yeah! Except the police department wants that money not to run through the kits and test them, but to study why they have a backlog.

Oh, and I've heard about this Japanese show about sending small children out on their very first solo errands, but I've never seen a clip of it. This is even slightly subtitled! Of course, the comments suck, but that's to be expected. Is it just me or is there a middle ground somewhere between sending two year olds off to do the grocery shopping and not allowing twelve year olds to stay home alone for half an hour?

Date: 2011-08-06 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leora.livejournal.com
No, there is no middle ground - that's just ridiculous.

On a side note, when I was 12 I started earning money by babysitting. My first babysitting job was actually me and another friend of mine (also 12 years old) hired to care for 3 children - a 9 month old, a 4 year old, and a 7 year old. The parents felt it'd be better to have two sitters so one could focus on the baby and one could focus on the older children, since the needs are very different. This worked out pretty well. So, I was more than just allowed to stay home alone at that age, but considered old enough to be responsible for the lives of young humans for short periods of time (with emergency phone numbers, of course, just in case).

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