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Psychology? Anyone?

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Here is my input about whether or nor allowing kids to see nasty, gory movies at home is something that should be allowed to do or not?
The phone calls over the years have run like this:"Oh,MY child won't be afraid in your haunted house, they constantly watch those kinds of movies."
Then they arrive, I open the door,and guess which kid screams and refuses to come in the door?
That Kid who watches all those gory,nasty violent movies!
There might be quite a leap from the safety of the glass tube versus the reality of ab actual big,scary, strange door opening and an odd man comes out from the old spooky looking haunted house.
Maybe those aforementioned movies just open up nasty possible scenarios for the much too young mind?
The next question might be then, is this a good or a bad thing,or terribly bad thing, or possibly damaging experience?
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I believe it all just depends on the kid and not just the movies they've watched. My son didn't like haunted houses even before he started watching any gory TV or video games, and my nephews are pre-teen now and they've never been exposed to any gory television or video games and they're deathly afraid of haunted houses and anything that goes bump in the night.

But I think it all boils down to the fact that "haunted" or "fun" houses are a trip through the unknown, and the less experience you have with life (being only ten or eleven years old or so) that haunted house may be their first experience dealing with the unknown and most at that age haven't learned yet how to handle it. I guess experiences like this is how they learn though! Some kids will be happy-go-lucky and won't even think about possible perils, others will be super-pragmatic and that can go either way, yet those with no sense of confidence will be unreasonably afraid of everything.
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