My 4 year old DD has been taking various toys and pretending they are guns lately. She will run around the house and "shoot" them, and of course her two younger siblings are copying her every move. I really didn't think I would have toddlers who go around saying "gun" and "shoot." So far I don't tell her to stop (don't want to turn it into forbidden fruit) but I gently comment to her about how I don't like guns or hurting people. She usually switches to a different activity soon after that.
I know she is getting this at preschool, she even told me so. I've witnessed it firsthand, the boys this year are obsessed with good guys vs. bad guys and play fighting and shooting. I have even heard certain boys mention things about the violent movies that they claim to have seen, like Dark Knight and Iron Man! DD doesn't tend to play with these boys, but she is around them and hears the violent stuff.
I'm just wondering how others have handled a situation like this? Obviously she's going to be exposed to it at some point, but I'm just so sad to see it happening already.