For kids to participate in certain sports and activities, helmet use has been mandated; on areas like playgrounds and parks where kids play, it's illegal to spray toxic chemicals; on entertainment products like computer games and DVDs, it's a requirement for warnings about inappropriate content to be posted.
Despite cries about a "nanny state takeover" these changes are appropriate, they reduce the risk of childhood injuries, and they ultimately benefit children and the society in which they are enacted.
Heightening protection for children from violent TV and radio newscasts, especially where and when violence is being sensationalized, is likewise appropriate. The risk of harm from exposure to sensationalized violent newscasts exists, and it should be mitigated for young children - the population least able to protect itslef from this risk of harm.
Canadian broadcasters who sensationalize violence in TV and radio newscasts are putting our children at risk of harm, and clearly need more direction from the CRTC to reduce this risk.
You can help reduce this risk by signing the Choose News petition.
* And thanks this week to Joel Bakan, UBC law professor and author of 'Childhood Under Seige: How Big Business Targets Your Child' (Free Press, 2012), who signed the Choose News petition!