My 12 year old wants to be a Library volunteer this summer. in past tears if you were in the 12-14 age group you just talked to the librarian and off you went. This year the City is requiring background checks.
I know that my kids are fairly sheltered, but my question is- is this paranoia or is it really that bad out there?

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Comment by mombat on April 24, 2008 at 11:23am
I know that there are kids out there who are the same age as mine who are bad news- and as the librarian pointed out if someone is a predator, the library is full of kids, especially in the summer. So I don't think this is totally out to lunch, I guess I am just sad that I have to worry about it and that we don't really don't have public spaces where kids can have some degree of independence.
Comment by Ray Maseman on May 24, 2008 at 9:15am
As a children's librarian friend of mine pointed out, dangerous 12-14 year olds don't tend to volunteer at the library. If they want to predate at the library, all they have to do is go there. I don't think they'd have a lot of luck, though. It's rather public.

Somewhere, there is a book about civilizations collapsing because they end up over-regulating themselves. I can't remember the name of the book, but background checks for 12 year olds could have been in it.

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