Sorry if I freaked out a little. Having two children with neurological conditions puts my husband and I in a position where we have to be very careful with our children. They are well behaved kids (however, they are kids, I would NEVER say my kids are perfect. Same goes for myself.) but the youngest has Aspergers and could easily fall prey to a predator, if she was in an other world while walking home from school alone (which is something she is not allowed to do.)
It may not be "necessary" but it makes parenting, especially parenting a special child more safe and gives both the child and the parents some comfort.
My issue is when people say, "Well, when I have kids..." when I know more than most, most people have NO idea what they're going to do when they have kids. The child's individual personality, strengths and weaknesses play into how you will parent.
There are SO many things I swore
I would NEVER do as a parent that I ended up doing and so many things I said I would
do, and ended up dismissing as simply not being right for that child or our family once I had kids. My point is: I was a perfect parent once and and had ALL the answers to parenting questions.....Then I had kids....
No one who doesn't yet have their own kids know what they will do. I thought I did and was miserably wrong. Most good parenting is a mix of planning, adapting and on-the-fly decision making. What works for one kid won't work for an other. No one KNOWS what they will do with their kids until they have that kid, get to know that child and adapt to that child's needs and environment.
Having been a child at one point in your life does not prepare you for parenting, but so many think it does. BEING a child only causes you to see things from a child's POV, when you become a parent, you see things VERY differently and understand things you could have never known when you were just looking back at your own childhood.