Should we confront our friends who let their pre-teen children roam streets alone?
There haven't been any issues, but, we and many of our mutual friends think they may be unnecessarily risking their children's safety. When we initially responded in surprise or disbelief that they allowed this, they shrugged us off as paranoid. Their perspective is that abduction is rare, and done most often by people the children know, not by random strangers on the street. They feel they are teaching their children 'street smarts', independence and responsibility. And they reference the 'village' approach of the mother's homeland, as well as the father's own childhood being able to roam free in the same neighborhood his children now roam in.
I would hate for something terrible to happen to these kids (we love them dearly), and I am wondering if I should confront their parents more strongly and continually until they stop allowing this -- at least until the children at in high school? What do you think? Would that be inappropriately meddling into other people's parenting? Am I being paranoid or over-reacting? I appreciate any insights you can share. Thanks!