Just been reading a very interesting point of view about how people perceive the risks to children walking/playing on their own in the street. Especially interesting is the comment that we could be performing a very poor risk trade-off here, swapping fear of an improbably problem occurring (abduction) for ignorance of a much more real problem occurring (poor health).
Sounds logical and mirrors my ‘security’ experiences, but its hard to bring yourself to believe it, which sort of confirms the point the article is trying to make – that people are hopeless at judging risks, especially when children are involved. Bruce Schneier has a very good essay on this subject too.
Both quite thought provoking and well worth a read.