Bruce Schneier’s Cryptogram periodical came out recently, the latest issue of which brought some interesting advice: that we shouldn’t teach kids to avoid strangers.
Personally, I’ve had the concept of “don’t talk to strangers” so imbedded in my head that it’s hard to ignore the reservations I have about this quote. Yet, logically, mathematically, it should be very sound advice. Trying to avoid all contact with strangers in order to stem the efforts of the child molestors and kidnappers might sometimes be counterproductive:
Were the Berenstein Bears right, should we teach our kids to not talk to strangers with candy, or is this attitude perpetuating antisocial behavior, with little benefit?