I use to watch NBCs “To Catch a Predator”. Now while it may be amusing at times to see how stupid these guys act when they get caught, begging to not be shown on TV, to not get arrested and so on, as well as the stories they come up with when asked what they are doing at a “14″ year olds house. However their is nothing funny about their real intentions when getting there. They only say they are sorry because their asses got caught, some of these shows that I have seen make you happy to know that someone was there to stop them. One of episode’s I do remember had this guy with a loaded gun in his pocket, another automatic rifle ready and loaded in his front passenger seat, and an arsenal of weapons and ammo in the back of his SUV. That was really scary to see all that.
It’s so disgusting to know how many sex offenders are out there all over the Country. Have you ever looked at a sex offender map and checked out your own neighborhood? I have and I must say that the first time I ever checked it was years ago and I was totally shocked, I still am because it seems that no matter where you live you are surrounded by them, and that you can’t escape them.
Raising a child in the world can be so very scary. So many things to look out for as they grow older, when they get online you practically have to watch over their shoulders, not so much because you don’t trust them but for their own protection. These kids can’t even go into a kid only website without us worrying about somebody on the site trying to work their way in to the child’s mind to gain their trust. I learned that law enforcement officials estimate that as many as 50,000 sexual predators are online at any given moment.
Then we have to worry about them walking too and from school. To always make sure that you remind them of what to do and not to do if someone comes up to them and to always be alert.
And then not only do we have to worry about the stuff listed above and a million other things I didn’t list. We also have what I think is the worst part, we have to worry about it with our kids teachers, preachers, doctors, all the people we were taught that we should trust, the ones we are supposed to say something too if anything does happen. Instead we or our kids have to listen for key words that are said, or behaviors that could be suspicious.