Came across this blog on the interwebs and thought they made some interesting points...
1. it's as important to train (and enforce) children to treat dogs with respect
2. even if the dog is very well behaved - don't leave it to be repeatedly tortured by small children. children don't always recognise when they are making the dog uncomfortable and children are not good at thinking about the consequences of their actions. They might know what they are if you tell them but they don't think about it when they're treating the dog badly.
3. protect your dog from children - including your own. just because nothing bad happened last time and the time before doesn't mean that nothing bad will happen this time.
The story made me think about how many times my brother's kids have run around chasing my dog screaming and squealing even while my brother tried to make them stop. And how many times I've told children "this is a dog not a toy" and "would you like it if I poked you in the eye?"