I admit, I am a paronoid parent. All those crime novels and shows that I watch have scared the heck out of me But I like readin the site Free Range Kids because it calms my fears down a bit. http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/ I have read some comments on news articles about Somer Thomas(SP?) that stated that the mom was horrible for letting her child walk a mile home from school. I don't know who is responsible for the little girl's death but allowing your child to walk home with friends does not make you a negligant mother. According to Free Range, your child stands a greater chance of dying in a car wreck then being abducted. So, how do you all balance giving your kids appropriate freedom and still keeping them safe. My kids are older but I still worry about them.