Who is responsible for keeping children safe? In America, we usually put that responsibility in the hands of parents.
In fact, the difficulty of protecting our kids is ridiculously complex. Consider a small example of what parents have to navigate:
- Questionable drinking water;
- Drugs such as children’s Tylenol and Benadryl recalled because of production problems and contamination;
- Cribs that trap and choke children to death;
- Poorly designed car seats and strollers, the latter which have been known to shear fingers off;
- Toxic air pollution in many cities and rural areas;
- An endless array of choking hazards;
- Arts and crafts (Aquadots) that become the date rape drug when ingested;
- Bacteria laden chicken, beef, spinach and peanut butter causing deaths and prompting beyond-massive product recalls.
At least in the old days, consumer advocates could confidently turn to the local newspapers or TV and radio stations to warn parents. In today’s highly fractured media world, getting out the word is far more problematic. Consider how many venues there are to negotiate: