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Basic Trope: Someone stops a kid from witnessing violence, nudity, profanity, sexual displays, scary events, etc, by covering the kid's eyes or ears.

  • Straight:
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  • Exaggerated: Betty, Carol, Edward and Daniel all converge on Cute Kid Charlie, multiple hands cover each eye and ear.
  • Downplayed: Betty distracts Cute Kid Charlie by pointing out a cute puppy in the opposite direction.
  • Justified: Cute Kid Charlie is just a bit too young to understand the concept of profanity, but he's still old enough to talk. To prevent Innocent Swearing and a Bewildering Punishment, Betty covers Charlie's ears so he won't hear the profanity in the first place.
  • Inverted: The would-be witness is a not-so-innocent adult.
    • Alice and Bob are watching TV. Bob is a Recovered Addict, so when the TV shows a Binge Montage, Alice covers Bob's eyes.
    • Alice and Bob are watching TV. Bob has PTSD, so when the TV shows a Trigger, Alice covers Bob's eyes.
  • Subverted: Cute Kid Charlie peeks around the shielding hand.
  • Double Subverted: Betty moves her shielding hand back into position.
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  • Parodied: Betty covers Charlie's eyes when she meant to cover Charlie's ears and vice versa.
  • Zig Zagged: Charlie keeps trying to evade the censoring hands and gets glimpses of what's going on.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody covers the kids' eyes.
    • There are no kids among the witnesses.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Charlie's bully takes advantage of the distraction and the censoring hands to steal Charlie's toy unnoticed and make his getaway.
  • Defied: Cute Kid Charlie puts up a fight and slaps away the censoring hands.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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