Sinead Moriarty: The conversation no parents want to have with their six-year-old child
IT is every parent's nightmare -- the white van that pulls up outside your house and takes your child away. We all wake up from this dream in a cold sweat. But for April Jones's parents, the nightmare is a reality. Their five- year-old girl was taken from outside their door by a man in a van.
In 2002 Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City as her parents slept in the next room. Suddenly the nightmare grew worse. Your child could even be taken from inside your house.
It seems that nowhere is safe any more, not even your own home. The world seems so much more daunting than before.