We have more control over outside influences on our kids - people, situations, information, media, etc.
Once again, I'm not suggesting that we should attempt to totally isolate ourselves from all the Evil Out There. As if that were even possible. As our Pastor recently commented, that's been tried a lot of times, never successfully. Because guess what? Sin is a genetic condition, and we all have it. However...
I choose to exercise some control over what my children learn and when. Over how much exposure my kids get to Big Issues and from what worldview. (See #10.) Some would call that sheltering, to which I again reply, "Yep. That's my job."
My husband and I get to decide when and what our kids are taught about all kinds of things. Sex. Weapons. STDs. Violence. Homosexuality. "Tolerance." Religion. Politics. All kinds of things.
I happen to think that my kids don't need AIDS Awareness beginning in Kindergarten.
I happen to think that they do not need "Lock Down Drills" that instill fear of deranged shooters and bombers coming to attack children.
I happen to think they don't need to be expected to defend themselves from play-ground bullies as little children.
I happen to think there is no benefit to them being bombarded by pop culture all day long.
We're not living in a bubble. We're also not swimming in the sewer.