I am sorry but thoughts like this are the exact reason the world today is slowly wrapping itself in protective knee pads and making sure anything fun is outlawed:
"In any case, if this *is* a case of child abuse"
How in the world could this even be CLOSE to child abuse? Are you serious here? Do you even know what REAL child abuse is? Have you ever talked to children who have been mentally, or sexually abused? Frankly they would LOVE to go feed crocs at Steves park. That's not abuse. That's an opportunity. And the fact you are calling THAT abuse is really offensive considering some children have gone through REAL abuse.
I am glad you guys aren't my parents. I wouldn't want to grow up in a padded bubble.