It's been said that: "Anyone involved in having a child strap something made in China across their face for 8 hours a day, because it's the socially responsible thing to do, should either be arrested or seek psychological help." Adults should certainly be capable of making decisions for themselves. Children on the other hand, are ultimately the responsibility of society. In the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was suggested that children should only wear masks if there was a clear, immediate and present danger to their health. Most people thought it would be absurd to do anything to hamper the breathing of someone with developing lungs, immune and other bodily systems, even for short periods of time, without the danger present. Since then, things have changed. Whether we've become desensitized, brainwashed by social & mainstream media or decided it was no big deal and the right thing to do, children are wearing masks 6-8 hours daily while at schools or other places masks are required. Many still argue that children, or anyone else for that matter, shouldn't leave their houses if there is something so dangerous out there that would require a mask to be worn. The long term physical and psychological effects on children of just wearing masks for extended periods of time are unknown. Not even considering that most of the masks or face coverings children are wearing are made in China with various types of fabrics, dyes, bleaches, chemicals, etc. Of course, these mask manufacturers and anyone else making money off masks can cite many articles (maybe written by them) and scientific tests (maybe done by their scientists) claiming that they're perfectly safe for children and adults. They'll mention anecdotal evidence like medical professionals wearing them for years, their prevalence in Chinese society, social responsibility, science or that it's just 'common sense'. Although there may be validity in these and other arguments, many would say we're doing what amounts to a scientific experiment on our children. The unintended consequences of trying to control nature often seem to be much worse than if things are allowed to happen naturally. If we decide children should be required to wear masks and wake up in 10 years to find we have a generation of children with breathing problems, immune system deficiencies or strange cancers from the extended wearing of these masks OR if we decide children shouldn't be required to wear masks and it causes a pandemic to rage out of control in our community, it will be a lot easier to accept if WE decided on it rather than it being forced on us by the potentially biased, politically motivated or virtuous views of a government office or school board.