One might assume that a child would be less frightened watching something scary if he were in the company of his parents. Not so says a group of Finnish researchers. According to a new study published in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development, children are actually more afraid of the events on the screen when their folks are in their presence. Though they may be cuddled or soothed by dear mom, the tot is more likely to pick up on the hair-raising moments thanks to his parent's facial expressions or physical reactions. Had the tot watched the show alone, he may have skipped right over the apparently shocking scene. So next time you're thinking of cuddling up for a family night of horror flicks, think again.
Will this revelation change your family's viewing habits?