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Magpie swoop causes paranoia

By Leon Arundell - 22 October 2012 23

Canberrans are tough enough to shrug off a magpie swooping.

Not so the good folks of Tuncurry.

A 10 year old girl was riding her bike and being swooped by a magpie. A passing good samaritan offered to drive her home, but she refused and he drove off.

By the time the story was reported by the ABC, the headline had become “Stranger warning after girl approached by man in van.”

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Watson 11:04 am 23 Oct 12

The whole “look for a mummy with kids” thing really irks me. I have given my child permission to go the next person nearest to her if she feels threatened by someone. I don’t care if it’s a man, a woman or a hermaphrodite. It is a sobering fact that statistically she is way safer out on the street by herself than in her school, her sports club or even her own family.

So making sure your child can recognise the type of situations in which the unlikely could happen is plenty of protection against evil strangers. We occasionally role-play abduction attempts at home. Not in a creepy way, in a matter of fact: if A happens then do B way. I might add the swooping magpie scenario to our scenes list.

ezy10z 10:56 am 23 Oct 12


Jivrashia said :

Read my lips/text: ALL MEN ARE PEDOPHILES.

If I saw a young girl or boy in distress or danger I will look for a female adult to assist them.
If I can’t find one then they are beyond help.

Sorry, but I’m only doing the best with the options that this modern world is giving me.

You truly are an uneducated imbecile… i feel sorry for anyone who has anything to do with you

dazzab 10:11 am 23 Oct 12

What well meaning adult would offer a child they didn’t know a ride under any circumstance? Call their parents, stay with them to make sure they are ok, get some assistance sure. This person was either up to something or extremely naive.

As for teaching kids to be suspicious, how about teaching them to be aware instead? There is a difference.

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