Family Watchdog is a website that is aimed at protecting children from sexual predators. The website is easy to use for parents, who can just type in their address and see where sexual offenders live in their neighborhood. The website shows you exactly where sex offenders are living, as well as names, aliases, convictions, and a picture of the offender. This is a website that provides valuable information for parents.
As a military wife, my family moves around a lot, and each time we move, we try to figure out what is the best neighborhood in that town, and where is the best and safest place to raise our child. This is something that is hard to do, just going off of information from other sources. As a parent, you want to check everything for yourself, and when you’re given orders to move in a few months, that is sometimes hard to do.
So Family Watchdog has acted as a guide to where we shouldn’t or should look for a house. Since you are able to see pictures of the sexual predators as well, we can guard against who we trust in our new surroundings as well. This is a valuable tool for all parents.
For those of you who feel that this is a privacy issue, and that it is unfair to sex offenders, I offer you the following statistics. Sexual predators will commit an average of 117 assaults before being caught, and the re-arrest rate for convicted sex offenders is 52 percent, according to Family Watchdog. When more than half of all sexual predators will re-offend, we want our children to be safe. There are too many stories of children who are raped and murdered by the sexual predator who was living down the street, and this website helps to combat that.
Some people might say that sexual predators are unfairly targeted and that all people who commit crimes should have their information readily available. And to that I say, that is a good idea. Why just stop at sex offenders? The humility of having to register wherever you move and posting your picture online will maybe make some other criminals think twice before committing another crime. But for now, the information about sexual predators in my neighborhood is helping my husband and I protect our child. Family Watchdog is a website that should be used by all parents.
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