Smothered by Safety
by Lenore Skenazy
Lenore Skenazy argues that when it comes to children, we have gone too far in the pursuit of safety at all costs. This isn’t just a cultural phenomenon, either; it has serious implications for public policy, in the form of consumer product regulations and family and even criminal law. She suggests that it’s time to start learning to relax about children’s safety. In particular, allowing kids to take controlled risks is one of the ways that we introduce them to the real world, which is not and should not be risk-free.
Child Safety: More than Tree Stumps and Toe Mold
by Anthony Green
Anthony Green argues that child safety is nothing to joke about. It is not an overreach to call the police if you see a child alone in a locked car; on the contrary, you should certainly do it. Real progress has been made in child safety in recent years, even as new threats emerge, including toppling television sets and poisoning among older children. The child protection community has done tremendous good, and safety enables fun rather than inhibiting it.
Child Safety: The First Priority
by James A. Swartz
James A. Swartz argues that the multibillion dollar corporations that make children’s products have a responsibility to deliver them without any safety hazards. Recalls and labeling are not enough, and a close examination of many such cases reveals a disturbing trend: Corporations are often indifferent to children’s safety. We ought not to excuse or make light of such behavior.
The Roots of Concern about Kids
by Joel Best
Joel Best identifies two changing factors in American culture that have contributed to overblown fears related to children. The first is the mass media, which excels at spreading alarming stories, whether true or fictionalized. The second is the declining birthrate, coupled with increased safety itself: There are fewer children per family, and losing one is not an experience we suffer so often nowadays. As a result, smaller problems appear more alarming.
- In Regulation We Trust by Lenore Skenazy
- Halloween Myths Vanish with Facts by Anthony Green
- Children’s Lives Are More Than “Percentages” by James A. Swartz
- The Importance of Proportion by Joel Best
- Applying Cost-Benefit Engineering to a Kid’s Life Is Just Wrong by Anthony Green
- The Audacity of Seeking to Prevent the Preventable by Anthony Green
- Trying to Outlaw Fate by Lenore Skenazy
- Values and Consistency by Joel Best
- This Is How a Concerned Citizen Thinks by James A. Swartz
- Preventing Harm Means Challenging Fate by Anthony Green