On Sunday, the remote control was across the room, so I watched the news. A piece on legal over-the-counter drugs as the new menace to children today struck me as amusing, in a dark way. How many decades has the philosophy of journalism been fear-mongering? Whether it’s cigarettes, strangers, razor blades in candy, cars that are too quiet, obesity, illegal drugs, legal drugs, legal products that can get you high, legal products that can explode, overloaded surge protectors, carbon monoxide, road rage, texting while driving, texting while walking, texting while not sitting in a chair strapped in for safety, seat belts, e.coli, power lines, priests, Boy Scout leaders, any man anywhere, our school system, our national debt, terrorists, guns, gun control, knives, rusty metal, no vaccines, vaccines, eggs, not enough protein, too much protein, bullies, parents who are bullies, AOL, chatrooms, Myspace, and now, Facebook, children are apparently at an immediate, constant risk of severe injury or death and must be protected at all times from everything that exists, always.
This made me realize something. There is really only one danger that faces children today. There is only one real threat to the security, safety, and well-being of kids in America.
Just think about it – it all starts with the parents. Even if it’s not the parents giving children access to all of these dangerous objects, or parents handling or supporting deadly activities, even if other people who aren’t parents created or orchestrated or otherwise were actively involved in being a danger to children, those people had parents, too! It’s almost spooky.
I’m working on more research for this, but I plan on presenting a freelance journalist piece about “Parents: The Ginormous Danger” to every major news outlet soon. And I just know that my Pulitzer won’t be far behind.