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Viral video warning parents of child abductions sends wrong message

YouTube star and prankster Joey Salads tackled the hot-button issue of child abductions by creating a video of himself successfully convincing young kids at a park in Manhattan to walk off with him. The provocative video with Salads luring preschoolers…

My daughter started taking the Muni train alone at age 11

After my daughter started taking San Francisco’s Muni train alone last summer at age 11 (and four months to be exact), I noticed a change in her step. As she walked down the hill from our house to the J stop, she moved her legs methodically and with …

Police seize ‘free-range’ kids again

The children of Maryland parents who made news headlines last year for practicing “free-range parenting” were picked up by police again over the weekend. The kids, ages 10 and 6, were walking alone two-and-a-half blocks from their home in Silver Sp…

Parents investigated by CPS for letting their kids walk home alone

Maryland parents are under investigation by Children’s Protective Services (CPS) for allowing their 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to walk from a local park to their home through a suburban community. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv told the W…

Washington school district deems swings dangerous

A school district in Washington state is pulling out the swings at all schools because of pressure from insurance companies over liability, according to KEPR-TV. Richland School District has already torn out swings at some schools and they’re fast-t…

Mom thrown in jail for letting kids play outside—huh?

Back in the “good-old days,” a kid came home from school, gulped down a glass of milk, changed into grubby clothes and raced outside to meet up with a pack of neighborhood kids. Together they all ran around wildly, catching frogs, climbing trees an…

Study: Little kids aren’t spending enough time outside

Catching frogs, climbing trees, making mud pies, kicking around a ball—these are the true joys of childhood. But it turns out that many little kids aren’t experiencing them these days because they’re not getting outside. A new study, publ…