I think that there are ways to teach children safety that don't scare them and don't restrict their freedom too severely. For instance, children with a friend or in groups are much, much less likely to be targeted by a predator than children who are by themselves. Encouraging a buddy system or group play can help to make them safer, as well as talking about safe places or people they can run to for help, reminding kids to look out for each other, and having an expectation that adults will periodically check on kids, without interfering in the play. We can't keep kids safe from everything -- statistically children are much more likely to be raped or molested by a family member or a friend of the family -- but we can take reasonable steps to increase safety.

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