Dr. Molly Barrow

The Official Dr. Molly Barrow Blog offers educational self help advice about relationships, business, dating, marriage, parenting, teenagers and children, self-esteem, love and romance. Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D in psychology and is the author of Matchlines for Singles and the self-esteem adventure series, Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup Out on a Limb. Dr. Molly is a relationship and psychology expert host on progressiveradionnetwork.com and television guest.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Keep the Children Safe

Want to keep your children safe? Check out the the latest information from the highly effective National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The latest Dr. Molly Barrow book is an adventure story for children (Barringer Publishing, July 2009) and I contacted Nancy McBride for her assistance and advice. I think we all appreciate the difficult but essential work that is done by this organization. I want to share with my readers part of her reply that suggested the following information.

"The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children does not ascribe to the “stranger-danger” message. We have learned children do not have the same understanding of whom a stranger is as an adult might; therefore, it is a difficult concept for the child to grasp. It is much more beneficial to children to help them build the confidence and self-esteem they need to stay as safe as possible in any potentially dangerous situation they encounter, rather than teaching them to be “on the look out” for a particular type of person. The “stranger-danger” message is not effective and, based on what we know about those who harm children, danger to children is greater from someone they or their family knows than from a “stranger.”

I recommend the publication titled Guidelines for Programs to Prevent Child Victimization: A Resource for Communities When Choosing A Program to Teach Personal Safety to Children, available on our web site. This publication provides research and data concerning effective safety messages for children. A copy of an article I wrote titled Child Safety is More Than a Slogan that deals with the issue of “stranger-danger,” is available on this link: http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=713.

NCMEC’s complete Reprint Policy is available at: http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=620.

Nancy A. McBride
National Safety Director
National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children



Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of Matchlines for Singles, Matchline for Couples, and Malia and Teacup: Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup: Out on a Limb. As an authority on relationship and psychological topics,Dr. Barrow is a member of the American Psychological Association, Screen Actors Guild, and Authors Guild and is a licensed mental health counselor. Dr. Molly has appeared as an expert in the film, My Suicide, documentaries Ready to Explode and KTLA Impact, NBC news, PBS In Focus, WBZT talk radio, and in O Magazine, Psychology Today, Newsday, New York Times, CNN, The Nest, MSN.com, Yahoo, Match.com, Women's Health, Harvard Business School, Women's World, has a radio show on blogtalkradio.com and is a columnist for Menstuff.org.


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