The following is a TED talk given by Gever Tulley in December 2007. In this talk he encourages parents to let their kids do dangerous things so they can learn first hand about the world around them in a controlled and educational environment.
5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do
1. Play with fire.
2. Own a pocketknife.
3. Throw a spear.
4. Deconstruct appliances.
5. Break the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Bonus: Drive a car.