Parents Think Fairy Tales Are Too Scary For Kids — New Report

Sun, February 19, 2012 9:33am EST by 3 Comments

Can ‘Snow White’, ‘Cinderella’, and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears,’ really be too that scary for children? A new report says many parents are banning their kids from the classic stories!

According to BBC reports, half of the 2,000 parents surveyed thought that classic fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks, were too scary for preschoolers! So who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

So what’s wrong with the fairy tales that so many Disney movies are based on? Some parents dislike that in Snow White and Cinderella the princesses are motherless and suffer at the hands of cruel stepmothers. Goldilocks and the Three Bears supports theft and trespassing, while Red Riding Hood includes kidnapping.

These stories weren’t originally meant for children — they were actually considered adult entertainment when they were written! It was only in Victorian times that grownups actually started sharing them as bedtime stories.

From the Queen in Snow White attempting murder with a poisonous apple, Rapunzel getting locked away in a tower against her will, and Rumplestilkin kidnapping and extorting the miller’s daughter, the themes do seem mature. While these example are all true of the written stories, most kids remember Disney’s version, which for the most part have been revised.

Each Disney story is always has a “happily-ever-after.” Through all the struggle, comes good things. Although Snow White is almost murdered, she learns not to talk to strangers. Cinderella is kind, so in the end she marries the prince, and her dreams come true. In Disney’s Rapunzel we see a young woman, who has a dream. She follows her heart to find out who she really is and escapes her captivity.

Yes, some of the Disney versions still have cruel stepmothers, life and death situations and kidnappings, but they also include talking animals, fairy-godmothers and magical hair. They are fairy tales — a story already classified as fake and non-realistic. It’s up to the parent to stress this to their preschoolers.

What do you think, HollyMoms? Do you think these fairy tales are inappropriate for kids?

-Milly Contreras


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Posted at 1:50 PM on February 23, 2012  

I agree, I also think that Disney is way too violent for kids.

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Andrey Min'kov

Posted at 3:18 PM on February 19, 2012  

Fairy tales do not have to end with the funeral.

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Posted at 4:40 AM on February 22, 2012  

Google ‘Snoozy’s Adventures in Lullaby Land.’ I bought this CD of original fairy tales about a year ago because it had been specifical­ly designed not to be scary so I don’t think this debate is particularly new. We have the CD on every time we go out in the car and personally I’m really glad that my children are taking in positive, educationa­l messages every day rather than hearing about little boys & girls getting eaten! People say scary stories are harmless for children but how can we know this for sure? My view is -why take the risk?

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