The Myths About Missing Children
Whenever a child goes missing, there is usually a lot of theorizing that goes on in several circles. Sometimes, too, one of the tendencies of other people is to subscribe to some preconceived notion of what it means for a child to go missing. As they subscribe to such a notion, there is also a tendency to make it appear as if it is always the parents’ fault, or that it is always the fault of the child for trusting too much.
If you read just about any tech blog about what to when you experience having a child go missing or you happen to know someone who does, then you’re bound to find out that having a child who has gone missing is not a black or white matter. There are a lot of aspects that you need to look into, as well as a lot of angles from which you are to view and consider the situation. To help you along, here are a few myths (read: not true) about missing children, and the truths to combat them.
Top Myths About Missing Children
First myth: People who abduct children are usually strangers to those children.
The truth is actually that child abductions are more usually done by people who are familiar to the kids. Far more common are children who have run away, have gotten lost or injured, have been taken by a family member (usually in a custody dispute) or simply aren’t where they’re expected to be because of a miscommunication. The only scenario more unusual than stereotypical kidnapping is when families falsely report a child as missing to disguise murderous deeds.
Second myth: There is an increase in the number of missing children.
With the emergence of technology as well other sociological advancements, it’s safe to say that it has become increasingly easier to prevent child abductions. Despite what other people say, the data will be more than happy to prove to you (based on a number of statistics reports) that there is actually a decrease in the number of child abductions per year. And yes, no doubt about it, that is a very good thing.
Third myth: The Internet has made it easier for people to kidnap children.
While in some ways, this might be true, with the rise of child pornography through the World Wide Web, it is also not absolutely correct in many ways. For one thing, children are now less likely to leave their homes, because of the entertainment that the Internet is capable of providing. With that, it becomes less likely for children to be abducted, given the physical distance. Moreover, the Internet has also made it far easier for crimes and schemes to be deterred and, in a lot of cases, foiled. With this, criminals usually need to think twice, thrice, and many times before they even do something as careless as a child abduction in broad daylight or in the night, while this particular family is out on an Amsterdam holiday.
Still, despite these three things being myths, it pays to be extra attentive to your children and to what’s currently demanding their attention. By being a more attentive parent, family member, or family friend, you might actually be saving a life.