History Main / ThinkOfTheChildren

14th Sep '17 8:06:06 AM Arivne
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* This trope was the reason New York City [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/gov-mta-suspend-subway-bus-rail-service-article-1.1194081 went under an evacuation order from Mayor Bloomberg]] during Hurricane Sandy.

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%% * This trope was the reason New York City [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/gov-mta-suspend-subway-bus-rail-service-article-1.1194081 went under an evacuation order from Mayor Bloomberg]] during Hurricane Sandy.
14th Sep '17 7:53:04 AM Arivne
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* This was followed in ca. 1945-1955 by an anti-comicbook crusade in several Western countries which led to the passing of child-protection laws e. g. in Britain, France and West Germany, and to the setting up of a self-censorship body, [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode the Comics Code Authority]], in the United States. Here too the protection of children was invoked, as embodied e. g. by the scaremongering title of Fredric Wertham's (in)famous book ''Seduction of the Innocent'', although the anti-comicbook forces - which ranged across the socio-political spectrum of the countries concerned - were far of unanimous as to what children had to be protected from. Some focused on depictions of violence, others on sexual or homosexual content, others on the dangers to children's literacy.

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* This was followed in ca. 1945-1955 by an anti-comicbook crusade in several Western countries which led to the passing of child-protection laws e. g. in Britain, France and West Germany, and to the setting up of a self-censorship body, [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode the Comics Code Authority]], in the United States. Here too the protection of children was invoked, as embodied e. g. by the scaremongering title of Fredric Wertham's (in)famous book ''Seduction of the Innocent'', although the anti-comicbook forces - which ranged across the socio-political spectrum of the countries concerned - were far of from unanimous as to what children had to be protected from. Some focused on depictions of violence, others on sexual or homosexual content, others on the dangers to children's literacy.
14th Sep '17 7:48:36 AM Arivne
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** A lighter take: Website/ActsOfGord recounts a [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Chronicles/chapter36.php tale]] about a concerned parent who was opposed to the very idea of {{Conflict}} in video games.

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%% ** A lighter take: Website/ActsOfGord recounts a [[http://www.actsofgord.com/Chronicles/chapter36.php tale]] about a concerned parent who was opposed to the very idea of {{Conflict}} in video games.
14th Sep '17 7:43:07 AM Arivne
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* All of the parents of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Most notably the first time (in which they abandoned their children to go protest a cartoon show in another state) and the most extreme (after first building a wall around the town to protect their children, when they find out that most children are abducted by their parents, they send their own kids away to keep them from being abducted.) Kyle's mother is by far the worst of them, starting WorldWarIII to protect her kids from movie profanity in TheMovie.

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* All of the parents of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
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Most notably the first time (in which they abandoned their children to go protest a cartoon show in another state) and the most extreme (after first building a wall around the town to protect their children, when they find out that most children are abducted by their parents, they send their own kids away to keep them from being abducted.) Kyle's mother is by far the worst of them, starting WorldWarIII to protect her kids from movie profanity in TheMovie.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', where the titular character suddenly goes missing, Sandy Cheeks rallies the whole town to find him (he was hiding underneath a rock, specifically Patrick's house). When they couldn't find him, Sandy gets more desperate, forcing them into hazardous, potentially deadly environments like "leech farms". One of the exhausted townsfolk invokes this trope, and Sandy says "That's a good idea! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Use the children to crawl into small places you couldn't normally reach!]]".

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', episode, where the titular character suddenly goes missing, Sandy Cheeks rallies the whole town to find him (he was hiding underneath a rock, specifically Patrick's house). When they couldn't find him, Sandy gets more desperate, forcing them into hazardous, potentially deadly environments like "leech farms". One of the exhausted townsfolk invokes this trope, and Sandy says "That's a good idea! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Use the children to crawl into small places you couldn't normally reach!]]".
14th Sep '17 7:40:36 AM Arivne
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', The Scare Your Pants Off Club!, has an organization called PAWS (Parents Against Weird Stories) ban Scare Your Pants Off books from the local library. Muffy's parents founded it because Muffy had a nightmare after reading the books and they hope banning the books will save other kids. When Arthur and his friends start petitioning, Mr. Crossfire refuses to listen, saying that he's doing it for the kids' own good. It turns out at the end that the books didn't give Muffy nightmares, but eating ice cream did.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', The "The Scare Your Pants Off Club!, Club!", has an organization called PAWS (Parents Against Weird Stories) ban Scare Your Pants Off books from the local library. Muffy's parents founded it because Muffy had a nightmare after reading the books and they hope banning the books will save other kids. When Arthur and his friends start petitioning, Mr. Crossfire refuses to listen, saying that he's doing it for the kids' own good. It turns out at the end that the books didn't give Muffy nightmares, but eating ice cream did.
14th Sep '17 7:40:11 AM Arivne
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', The Scare Your Pants Off Club!, has an organization called PAWS (Parents Against Weird Stories) ban Scare Your Pants Of books from the local library. The people who founded it are Muffy's parents because Muffy had a nightmare after reading the books and hope banning the books will save other kids. When Arthur and his friends start petitioning, Mr. Crossfire refuses to listen saying that he's doing it for the kids own good. It turns out at the end that the books didn't give Muffy nightmares but eating ice cream did.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', The Scare Your Pants Off Club!, has an organization called PAWS (Parents Against Weird Stories) ban Scare Your Pants Of Off books from the local library. The people who founded it are Muffy's parents founded it because Muffy had a nightmare after reading the books and they hope banning the books will save other kids. When Arthur and his friends start petitioning, Mr. Crossfire refuses to listen listen, saying that he's doing it for the kids kids' own good. It turns out at the end that the books didn't give Muffy nightmares nightmares, but eating ice cream did.
14th Sep '17 7:38:20 AM Arivne
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* Also, [[http://notalwaysright.com/curiosity-kilt-the-peeping-tomcat/12847 this]] Website/NotAlwaysRight example, together with much hypocrisy

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* Also, [[http://notalwaysright.com/curiosity-kilt-the-peeping-tomcat/12847 this]] Website/NotAlwaysRight example, together with much hypocrisyhypocrisy.
14th Sep '17 7:37:48 AM Arivne
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** Also seen in [[http://notalwaysright.com/from-the-odd-couple-to-the-applauded-couple/22409 this]] one.

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%% ** Also seen in [[http://notalwaysright.com/from-the-odd-couple-to-the-applauded-couple/22409 this]] one.one.
%% This also violates ExampleIndentation.
14th Sep '17 7:35:45 AM Arivne
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* Spoofed in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1660/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' comic.

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%% * Spoofed in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1660/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' comic.
14th Sep '17 7:34:25 AM Arivne
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* In ''Videogame/DragonsLair 2: Time Warp'', the opening movie tells you to "do it for the children".

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%% * In ''Videogame/DragonsLair 2: Time Warp'', the opening movie tells you to "do it for the children".



* {{Parodied|Trope}} twice during the announcer banter in ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked''.

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%% * {{Parodied|Trope}} twice during the announcer banter in ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked''.
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