Originally Posted by wildmonkeys
FreeRangeMama just made a point I didn't articulate well when I mentioned serving as guides for our kids...my kids (4, 8ish and less than 1) wouldn't even have Saw or I am Legend on their radar unless dh and I put it there.
Do your kids ever watch tv? or perhaps get online, where ads pop up? How about walk through Blockbuster, where covers of these types of movies are routinely at eye level...does your 8 yr old go to school? They could easily learn about such movies from their friends.
We saw the preview for "I Am Legend" while watching another movie at the theater...i can't remember which movie, perhaps "Enchanted" or "The Golden Compass" as we've seen both recently. Then of course there are the ads on tv for the movie (which makes it look more like Cast Away in the city, or some action flick, and not scary)
My only point is that if you live in the world, and esp if you arent actively trying to prevent your kids from being exposed to such things, there are MANY ways for a child to learn about such movies without the parents "putting it there"....i cant tell you how many times we've been watching some innocuous tv show, like on Animal Planet or The Discovery Channel, and a scary ad for "Saw" would come on...or that creepy girl from The Ring...i've gotten good at diving for the remote and hitting "mute", as my son gets freaked out easily.
That being said....the movie that gave him the creeps, caused many a sleepless night and real fear, was a documentary we saw about black holes a few years ago....he was seriously afraid that he'd be sucked into a black hole. It was totally irrational, and he laughs about it now. But who knew that a science documentary about space could cause such trauma?!