the more non-dangerous activities we start labeling as “dangerous to children,” the more society becomes convinced that our children are in constant peril. So the more ridiculous laws we pass, and the more we pull our kids inside, and the more we distrust our neighbors and everyone else. (For a lovely example, see my post on the church that will not allow married couples to teach Sunday School unless a third adult is in the room with them, lest the dad molest the students and the wife refuse to testify against him.)
It is so easy to inflate fear and so hard to bring it back down to the real world.
It’s funny, we don’t tell our kids horrifying violent fairy tales anymore, and yet we invent a world of predators stalking their every move.