On a recent Sunday afternoon, I sat with three zookeepers at the edge of a large concrete enclosure at the Australian Outback’s live zoo.
Their job was to keep watch over an area of roughly 50,000 square meters.
In the past decade, we’ve added about 40,000 people to the zoo.
Our visitors are mostly children and teenagers.
At the beginning of the day, they are just hanging out, enjoying their own little world.
But after a while, as they approach the front gate, the crowd starts to form into an orderly and peaceful mass, and their lives and experiences are suddenly at risk.
“We have about a dozen people every day, and we can’t do anything about it,” says one of the zookeeper guides, Andrew Taylor.
“If we’re not careful, the people might take a wrong turn, and people might get injured.
So we’ve got to make sure we’re always watching out for them.”
The first thing that we need to do, says Taylor, is get the crowd to stop.
“The biggest problem is people who are young and inexperienced, and they get the idea that if you’re watching them, it’s your duty to protect them,” he says.
The reason we have to watch them is that the children are not yet at the age where they can control their impulses.
We also need to be careful, says another zookeeter.
“Children are very intelligent, and I can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t learn the right way to do something, and then to use that,” he adds.
“But it’s very important for us to keep them safe, because we can see things happening in the wild that might cause them to do things that we don’t want them to.”
If you’re a parent, you might be thinking, “But why should I keep a child from being scared?”
Well, to understand the dangers, it helps to understand what happens when children are in a situation where they have to choose between their own safety and that of others.
In this case, that decision is between safety and their own self-preservation.
But what if the choice is between not being scared or being scared of what happens to them?
We can say that, in the long run, the choice becomes less about safety and more about whether they choose to protect themselves.
In our world today, we often live in a world where we’re constantly exposed to the most horrific things.
We are constantly surrounded by images of violence, death, and destruction.
But as long as we’re children, we’re rarely exposed to those things as a whole.
And it is that fact that is at the heart of the dangers facing children today.
For instance, in a study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers found that children who were exposed to images of violent acts in the form of torture and sexual assault were more likely to engage in those behaviors later in life.
That is, in their early adulthood, the violent acts were becoming more and more frequent in their lives, as a consequence of the constant exposure to those kinds of images.
“When we see images of torture, violence, and the like, it makes us feel afraid, so we tend to avoid those things,” says Taylor.
This is especially true when we’re young.
“It’s the way we were raised, and our parents were really strict, so they were not allowing us to have any kind of free play,” he continues.
“So when we see something that’s very graphic or graphic-looking, we can be really scared.”
What we’re seeing is that our childhood trauma is now a part of our brain, and this is a result of the repeated exposure to these kinds of experiences.
And this is why, says psychologist, Daniel Sperber, we see such an impact on our young children, “They’re just not fully developed yet.”
It’s important to note that Sperberg doesn’t believe that these images are inherently harmful.
He points out that we are always exposed to things that make us uncomfortable, and that’s why we need our children to be able to protect their bodies and their minds.
And yet, the study that Smerconish talked to revealed that our children’s brains have become much more developed over the years.
“What we see in this study is that as they get older, they have more and better brains to deal with the stress of the world,” says Sperbert.
This might mean that when we watch images of rape or murder, they react more strongly.
And that could be a good thing, because our brains are becoming more developed.
But it also means that children aren’t as ready to deal, as we would like them to, with the consequences of their actions.
It could mean that their bodies are damaged and damaged by their actions, and it could also mean that they’re unable to handle the pain that they are causing.
“You see, the brain is not built to deal directly