Friday, 5 July 2013

You Never Know Who Might Be Watching

"Jeepers creepers, where'd ya get those peepers? Jeepers creepers, where'd ya get those eyes?" -- Johnny Mercer

I've been noticing a disturbing trend at the local wading pool.  Quite a few parents and daycare supervisors are allowing their preschoolers to remove wet swimsuits and put on dry clothes next to the pool, instead of taking the kids to the nearby chalet to change.

The pool area is surrounded by a six foot tall ivy-covered fence and ringed by trees and hedges, but less than thirty feet away is the back of a three-story apartment building.  Many of the facing apartments have a clear view of the pool and the kids who play (and change) there.  If a sexual predator happened to live in one of those apartments they would have a plethora of chances to take surreptitious photos of naked toddlers and bikini-clad ladies.

As far as I know, there have been no incidents in all the years that the pool has been there.  But there's always a first time for everything.  And those adults who don't hesitate to disrobe the kids in full view of those windows obviously don't realize that they might be putting the kids at risk.

As for my daughter, she wears a swimsuit that covers her completely from her shoulders to thighs, and she changes it at home.

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