Friday, September 10, 2010

Reality v. Imagination

Schneier cadges an interesting item from NPR.

Based on surveys Barnes collected, the top five worries of parents are, in order:

  1. Kidnapping
  2. School snipers
  3. Terrorists
  4. Dangerous strangers
  5. Drugs

But how do children really get hurt or killed?

  1. Car accidents
  2. Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
  3. Abuse
  4. Suicide
  5. Drowning
It's fair to state that the Press has something to do with this, as the Press tends to sensationalize the "fears" list events--which DO happen--as opposed to the "reality" items, which simply happen far more often.

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