Originally Posted by Runner
Public service announcement:
Since this is all over the news and conversations now, kids are hearing about it. It might be good time to reinforce with your kids that it isn't just the creepy stranger, but also the trusted adult who might have bad intentions. Balancing between too much trust, looking for warning signs, and outright paranoia is a little tricky...
I'm a leader in my son's Cub Scout pack, and BSA has been very pro-active about educating parents and children about abusive situations.
Every scout handbook has an insert, How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse and Drug Abuse: A Parentís Guide
, that should be read to your child every year to reinforce the lessons.
This is a good resource for any parent, even those not involved with scouts, to use for educating their children.
BSA is also very aggressive about deep background checks of leaders, including the FBA national database, and regular training (Youth Protection Training). They have very strict policies about child abuse, including two-deep leadership (never be alone with a scout that is not your son), as well as a list
of other protective measures.
You can never been too paranoid about protecting children. And that's what really makes this entire situation so pathetic and disgusting. So many people should have demanded action, yet it seems like the corporate brand of a school was more important to them. Shameful and depraved mentalities, IMO.