If my son was lost again, I would want everyone to help him but not everyone would.
As a parent if you have ever lost your child, you will know that instant stomach turning feeling is the scariest thing you can imagine.
I once lost my four-year-old son. It got to the point where I had to ring 000. I was numb and shaking and I had no idea what to do.
Luckily, my story turned out fine due to some help from my lovely neighbours.
Sadly, new research shows this is not always the case with 23% of men saying they would shy away from assisting a child in need for fear they may be viewed in a bad light.
A further 45% said they would be worried about how they may be perceived but would still assist a child only if they were in “great distress”.
As any mum who has lost a child, particularly at a shopping centre, knows the more hands on deck looking for the child the better.
What a sad world it is that good men, hard working, honest fathers and partners, like our own, admit they would be scared to help a lost or distressed child for fear of others thinking they have suspect motives.
What’s more sad is that it is true.
Because of horrible stories that have come out in the media we are now conditioned to think the worse.
I know, even as a woman, that there has been days in wild weather where I have seen kids walking home from school. I know these kids live in my street and play with my kids but I have never offered them a lift because I have never met their parents and don’t know what they would think.
I know I have good intentions, and I know I live literally just up the road but I don’t know that that’s how their parents would view it so I’ve let the kids walk home.
So what is the answer? Is there an answer?