As the mother of two young sons, I totally share
you concern. I live in New York City and in a
neighborhood that is in transition and what I
feel that I can't even leave my windows open
for what they might hear outside. Of course,
that's a more paranoid reaction. But I want to
emphasize that it's not just the media or in
the moves, but we are as guilty of perpetuating
it. (We as in seemingly innocent individuals.)
I think we have a tendency to put the blame
onto others without looking at how individuals
need to change as much as institutions. And
that goes for solutions, too — we can look for more
local and community responses. And also better
ways to education children on what's appropriate
for them might not be appropriate for others.
I would also suggest places like Girls,
Scouts and Children's
Defense Fund — I'm
guessing that they might have some suggestions.
As a comfort I am confident that what you do
and say has far more influence over them.