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Is this crazy LOL

I seriously can’t believe sometimes how much I see kids as young as 4 walking around the block all alone. I’m not talking about groups of them after school but I’m general. Either that or they’re not being supervised due to someone’s face focused solely in their phones…now this is not another phone rant.

Kind of a thought I get in my head and wondering if I’m the only one, does anyone else see a child walking alone and think “If I WERE a sicko I could easily grab that kid right now and no one would see them again.” I know it’s creepy but I swear it stems from watching scary documentaries and articles on Investigation Discovery or Netflix.

Seriously though It’d teach those parents a lesson to not be so naive and actually keep at least one eyeball on their spawn at all times. As awesome as that’d be it’s not worth the kidnapping charges so I’ll just keep my cynical thoughts to myself….until now.

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  1. I’ve seen it too. And watch the same shows. I agree totally!

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  2. Yes. You’re crazy.

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  3. Nicole Keats Nicole Keats says:

    You’re not crazy, I think it all the time, especially since moving to edmonton… blows my mind When I see them alone too

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  4. I think it’s great that there’s some parents out there willing to instill some autonomy in their children.

    You should travel to Japan sometime: there’s children as young as 4 all over the place, taking transit on their own, well-behaved and with a strong sense of self.

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  5. I don’t let my kids run around the block without my supervision (he just turned 4). But if some stranger grabbed my kid to “teach me a lesson”, they would experience a mama bear rage like they’ve never seen before. Don’t ever touch someone else’s kids. Even if you’re on a moral high horse about how much supervision they’re receiving.

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  6. I’ve seen it a lot too!

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  7. Nope, i thought it too. Like some pedo can just walk up and take this kid. Reminds me of the Punky story.

    “The injuries six-year-old Corrine (Punky) Gustavson suffered while being raped in 1992 were so severe that they could have killed her had she not been smothered, a medical examiner told a murder trial this week.

    “This is the worst example of this that I have seen,” Dr. Graeme Dowling testified Thursday at the first-degree murder trial of Clifford Sleigh.

    He said the child’s vagina was violently torn during the rape, and could have bled enough to cause her death without immediate treatment.”

    She was kidnapped from her yard. Her and her friend were playing and this piece of shit just took her and raped her.
    My kids are 5 and 6 and no, i wont let them play alone in the yard like “back in the day” because of shit like this.

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  8. After a certain age (not 4) i think its great to teach them some responsibility like walking to school n stuff like that ….but to just let your kids wander around NO…..they can get lost ..grabbed….bullied….or hurt! My 10 year old is allowed to go to and from school…..anywhere else requires one of her older siblings to go with !

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  9. Kristi Frost Kristi Frost says:

    I found a 2 year old and a 4 year old by themselves on a busy street last spring. They wouldn’t talk to me and I felt like creep just standing there keeping my eye out. My first reaction was to bring them with me to find their parents, but I was afraid I would get in trouble. I just waited 10 minutes then called the police. We found their mom thank god! It turns out they escaped their yard while she was using the washroom.

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    • Kristi Frost I had the same happen, found a little boy who was about to go through a busy intersection, poorly dressed and alone. I had no choice but to stop, put him in my backseat with a movie while I stood outside and called the cops. Took forever for them to find the mom, I actually had to testify in the parent negligent court case.

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    • Tamara Seaver-Rempel Im glad there was a case brought up. If you have a child you are obligated to care for it and keep it safe. Theres no excuse for negligence. I am not a perfect mom by any means but my kids have never been put in an unsafe situation because on my negligence. I dont understand why some people have children they dont even want to care for. So many people waiting to adopt that want to put in the care and time required to raise up a kiddo

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  10. Like 10 years ago probably now, my partner was painting an apartment building, there was some issues going on about someone not leaving a suite. Turns out some man kidnapped and was raping a 4 year old girl for like 2/3 days. Was that on the news? No.

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  11. My kids are 8 and 11 and have been able to be out on their own for a little over a year now. We have passwords and have had many discussions about interaction with strangers and I believe they are well equipped to be out on their own. And I do have to say that I find it funny that it’s usually the same people who complain about helicopter parents and kids not being able to do anything on their own are also the same ones to instantly judge parents for not having their kids tied to them at all times in public when the child is observed alone. Damned of you do, damned if you don’t.

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  12. April Marie April Marie says:

    Your not crazy. My 11 ans 12 year old I let them have alot of freedom but in pairs or more usually. They’ve been doing this since about 8. Bike riding I’ll let them go alone out in residential areas, even then tho I prefer them to be in pairs in case they hurt themselves. My 7 year old I will let play in the front usually unsupervised (with frequent checkups) I don’t necessarily think age has to do with it as to maturity. Every kid does mature at different levels. My 2 older ones were always way more mature then my youngest and were alllowed to do more at his age I agree with parents teaching kids safety and allowing them to have freedom But regardless of maturity I think 4 years old is too young to be left unsupervised.

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  13. The problem with all of the shows available is that it makes the public scared which is what people in charge want. Statistics show that the rate of abductions hasnt increased, we just have easier access to the news and get bombarded by social media which instills the sense of paranoia that we live with. That being said, i did teach my son growing up how to be street smart if anything were to happen. I didnt hover over him like parents nowadays

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  14. Dana McVey Dana McVey says:

    When I was young everyone ran around the neighbourhood and no one was worried about kids going missing or getting into trouble (unless they were teens). We use to play outside in the summer until it got dark. Our parents always said come home at dusk and we always pushed that and got away with it. I know everyone will say it’s different today, is it really that bad? Now we are raising kids to only exercise by going to the gym or programmed sports ( that are only for those who are good at sports). It’s a sad world we live in……

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  15. The world is way safer now than it was when I was a kid in the 80s and we used to go out alone all the time then. I was 4 and taking myself to the park alone. I’m sad my kids won’t have that independence because people feel the need to helicopter kids.

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  16. Lisa Fedirko Lisa Fedirko says:

    Ok so right now we have people commenting “oh helicopter parent blah blah blah”
    But when the news story comes out that a kid is taken or hit by a car (because you know, their brain hasn’t developed the risk analysis part for another 20 years) then all the comments change to “where were the parents” and “no supervision what did you expect”

    OP if you’re really concerned. Then go talk to the parents. Or not. You do you

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  17. I almost hit a 2/3 year old on a tricycle that came flying across a busy road behind some parked cars. Scared my life! I had to pull over and ask the kid where they lived and they couldn’t even barely speak!!! Just pointed and I said go home. I’m sorry but if your kid doesn’t know the dangers of cars then your kid should stay in your sight. Please don’t ruin someone’s life because you couldn’t keep reigns on YOUR children

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  18. Yeg Finn Yeg Finn says:

    Whatever, kids these days are such wussies. Good to see some freee range kids still exist, and don’t peddle that BS that its a different world today. Same shit, just info moves faster. These kids are the ones that grow up to be leaders.

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  19. I see a lot of comments here suggesting it’s safe for young children to be out and about – the world isn’t any scarier than it used to be, all that jazz. And that might be true – totally fair. I felt the same way, until I started working at a treatment facility for sexually abused children. Children who were only a block away from home playing at the park, and getting sexually abused by a 16 year old boy. Hearing that single situation made me realize, call a spade a spade – I will always be a hellicopter parent if it means my child will be kept safe from sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is an epidemic, and not a lot of people are aware of this.

    My child can learn responsibility and independence in other ways, and as she gets older.

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    • Chantelle Beasley its so sad but you are so right ☹️

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    • Chantelle Beasley it has always been an epidemic…we are just beginning to speak out more and recognize the signs more… and most kids are abused by someone they know as opposed to a stranger

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    • Laura Raynor Laura Raynor says:

      It is true. And it wasn’t safer 40 years ago. I was one of those young kids walking around, busing it alone, or biking all over the city. I used to walk to a park alone when I was only 4 y.o. in Vancouver that was about 5 blocks from home.
      Almost every time I was thankfully left alone, but there was one time I was sexually assaulted by a stranger in Edmonton and my parents or teachers never even knew. There was a blizzard. I walked to school, alone. I was 7 y.o. School was about 15 blocks away. A man offered to drive me to school just a block away from home. I finally made it to class after the storm ended, but I was of course late. I told my teacher, a nun, that an “uncle” just dropped me off, as instructed.

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  20. To me 4 is pretty young to be out and about. I could see out with a sibling but not by themselves.

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  21. Shit,my 4 year old delivers for skip the dishes!!! Teach them right

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  22. Chance of stranger abduction is rare. These are statically the safest time for kids. Funny thing is unfounded paranoia is at an all time high

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  23. oh don’t worry you are just overthinking things. they could have just been walking to a friends place or something. besides it’s good to lets kid out once in awhile can’t keep them locked up forever.

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  24. Natalie A Chesser if you don’t know, be happy – ignorance is bliss

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  25. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    Were they wearing little baby bandanas? Did you one of them say “imma cut yoooou”

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  26. Leigh Mack Leigh Mack says:

    This post is super creepy

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    • Leigh Mack I see the poster’s point, though. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew us, so we were safe out in the bush because the whole village kinda helped keep everyone safe. In the city that’s really dangerous.

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    • Leigh Mack Leigh Mack says:

      Jacob Williams I agree. I never let my son out of my sight when he was a kid. Alluding to kidnapping someone’s kid is seriously creepy though. If you think a kid is being neglected please call someone. Don’t steal them.

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  27. When my brother was about 8, he would go around the neighbourhood biking, and one day met this little 4 year old kid to kept following him. He was all by himself, and followed my brother right to our house. Even invited himself in when my brother came home. He would do this a few times a week, and his mother never even came to see where he was or who he was with.

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  28. Literally my thoughts everytime I’m in Walmart….lol
    People need to watch their crotch goblins.

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