Horror movies might cause emotional damage?

Filed under: Media, That's Entertainment

I have to admit: I love a good horror movie. I'm not inclined to choose stalker hockey mask rampage movies, but I like thrillers, especially those with a otherworldly ramifications. Stigmata scared the pants off of me for days, and I loved it. Why I love being scared, I do not know. Perhaps it has something to do with the twisted belief I have that if I know about it, it won't happen to me.

Anyway, it seems common sense to me that Nolan should not be allowed to watch such things. Barney is the scariest creature that should cross paths with my baby's innocent eyes.

And now there's scientific evidence to back up my belief. A recent study says that toddlers and young children who watch violent or scary movies may be more likely to develop anxiety, sleep disorders, and aggressive and self-endangering behaviors.Well, this just seems like common sense to me. Doesn't it?

The study followed Mothers with post-traumatic stress disorder, also, and interestingly, those women inadvertently expose themselves and their children to violence through media, perhaps as a way of feeling a sense of control in the present over very frightening memories of past experience. Interesting. So perhaps I wasn't far off in my own self-assessment.


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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.