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Welcome to the forum... I'm sorry you're having this problem. And you're correct, it's a major problem. Megora is correct, your dog simply cannot be allowed to interact with strange children.
If what you're telling us is accurate, a child is sitting on the couch, dog comes up to say hi, child is petting him and then this incident happens, you have a pretty serious problem. He's not cornered, not being treated badly, he could walk away if he wanted to, but he is warning these kids off. I would not let him around kids. Period.
You could consult with a certified veterinary behaviorist for an evaluation and some suggestions on this, but it's probably not something you can 'fix.' You're very fortunate that he has retrained his bite, but it's simply not worth the risk to allow strange kids around him.
I'm very sorry, I know how heart breaking this is. I've been through something pretty similar and it's devastating to realize you can't allow your beautiful, wonderful golden to interact with children. It's almost impossible to manage the situation if you have kids with friends coming to visit and play on a daily basis. I'm so sorry.
ETA: 5 of these incidents indicate you are not managing the situation properly and your dog needs to be crated when you have children visiting. You absolutely cannot trust kids to leave him alone or not pet him just because you direct them not to. You will end up with a kid who needs stitches if you don't take this seriously.