Monday, January 18, 2010
Sue Scheff: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer--the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. - Amazon.com
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, is an amazing novel that recently came to the big screen. Although the story is depressing, it is a reminder of how parenting has changed dramatically since the 70's. Parenting in the respect of our kids having the freedom to roam neighborhoods and simply walk home from school by themselves. Today we are all too aware of educating our kids about "stranger danger" and we are more protective than generations prior.
Does this mean that our parents were not as diligent as parents are today? No, not exactly, it only means we have become more aware of the dangers that can lurk in our neighborhoods or at a local park.
Teach your children about stranger danger. Teach your kids how to talk to strangers since it is inevitable they will at one time or another.
Sex offenders watch lists:
Family Watch Dog - Awareness is your best defense
Map Sex Offenders - Nationwide sex offender mapping
United States Department of Justice - National Sex Offender website
Be an educated parent, you will have safer children.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - A Novel and film that reminds parents to know their neighbors.