Based on surveys Barnes collected, the top five worries of parents are, in order:
- School snipers
- Dangerous strangers
But how do children really get hurt or killed?
- Car accidents
- Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
As for children, Barnes says that overprotectiveness will hurt them in the long run by making them less resilient. “We’re teaching them to be helpless,” she says. “And because we’re so afraid of the world, we’re teaching them to be afraid of the world.”
So, what type of parent are you? More worried about ‘hot ticket’ items that you are overlooking the more ‘common’ issues?