There is nothing easier to do than spreading hysteria when it comes to child safety. In America, the news has been doing this with great success for decades. In India, it took social media only a short while to bring them up to speed. Here is what happened next — it is graphic and heartbreaking, so beware:
The lesson? When we spread the “news” on social media that a child was “almost” snatched from Ikea, or when we share Joey Salads videos that show what “could” happen, begging parents to watch their children even more intently (exactly what this video did), we may THINK we are making the world a little safer. Instead, we are spreading distrust and paranoia that can lead to very dark places.
Recall this Florida story, where, primed to hallucinate predators, a dad beat up a Good Samaritan trying to help his lost child.
Recall the centuries of the “Blood Libel,” where townsfolk spread rumors of Jews killing Christian children to use their blood in rituals. This led to the killing of individuals and sometimes whole communities.
Think before you share scary stories about children for “safety’s sake.” They are not making us safer. – L