OH, GROW UP!

SOME ADULTS SHOULD STOP TRYING SO HARD TO KEEP CHILDHOOD FOR THEMSELVES

There seems to be some confusion here. 0n one hand, everyone wants to be a kid these days, hence those breakfast cereals that promise to "bring out the kid in you" and the movie genre about 40-year-old bodies inhabited by fun-loving 10-year-old minds. But at the very same time, childhood is being redefined in the news media as a public safety hazard and breeding ground for pint-size "predators" who would just as soon slit your throat as click on for another round of Nintendo.

Naturally, it's the image of the child as predator that fascinates the presidential candidates. In the past,...

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