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Children Are More Scared When They Watch TV With Their Parents

When the Boob Tube Gets Scary, Leave the Kids Alone

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?

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cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
My son has also been one of those types of kids that can watch scary movies. He was very interested in how they made it look like people were dying and then the actor could still do an interview later on tv. I brought him to see one of the last Jurassic Park movies when he was 4 and he loved it. We also watched how they made the dinosaurs and all the special effects. It depends on your kid. My nephew can't even watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons without freaking out and hiding and saying "that is too scary"
sham28 sham28 7 years
Who in the WORLD wastes their time and money on a useless study like this??
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
Exactly the same as Kimpossible. If it scares the parents, it's going to be inappropriate for a child.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
No, it won't change our family's viewing habits because we don't let our younger children watch scary movies anyway.
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