Will Stoned Snipers from Al Qaeda Kidnap Your Kids?


The author of The Paranoid Parents Guide examines some survey data and lists parents' top five fears about what might happen to their kids (*):

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

Then she notes the actual leading ways children are 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

[Via Bruce Schneier.]

(*These are presumably American parents, though the NPR piece where these lists appeared doesn't make that clear.)