Michele of A Small Victory has posted an excellent account of what can happen when people try to shield children from the ugliness of reality.

Knowledge is power. Had DJ been able to recognize the symbol when he first saw it, he would have never put it on his site and he would have reported the kid who sent it to him right away.

I wonder how many other things I’ve not bothered to tell my kids about will end up costing them in the future?

I wonder if we’ll ever see the day when people of certain religious or political persuasions apply this important lesson to other “ugly” facts about, say, sex or drugs. I’ve seen plenty of people hurt by being sent out into a world they were not prepared for, because their parents refused to let the schools prepare them and then failed to take up the slack themselves.