Would you let your 6 year old child stay up to watch a horror film??

@mssnow (9493)
United States
May 27, 2008 8:55pm CST
If your 6 year old child begged you would you let them stay up past ten to watch a horror film. I'm talking watching something like "the ring" or "the grudge" do you let them stay up late to watch anything?? I would not let my 6 year old stay up past nine. I also would not let them watch a horror movie. I would worry they would have bad dreams or get scared. How about you?? Why or why not??
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@mummymo (23707)
28 May 08
I wouldn't let my 6 year old ( I do have one too ) up to watch that type of film - they terrify me so much I won't even watch them! lol I do let her up late sometimes but not to watch horrors - to be honest I think she would love those films = she adores Dr Who and that genre of tv but I am not taking the chance of her getting into those films! xxxx
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@mummymo (23707)
28 May 08
Oh no honey - I don't watch them cos I scare THEM! lol Hugs xxx
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
14 Apr 09
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@mummymo (23707)
21 Apr 09
xxx
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
28 May 08
Given a choice, I would not allow a 6 year old to watch a horror film. Kids are good at imagination and they have super memory and enjoy imitating what they have seen. I would not want them to live in fear or start disturbing and bullying people by their mischiefs. As for staying past ten to watch any program, it is fine as long as he get his sleep in the afternoon and does not have to wake up early the next day.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
Yeah thats a good point about staying up later
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
14 Apr 09
Many thanks for the best response :)
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
28 May 08
Hi Princess, well the answer to your question is absolutely NOT! Blimey some of those horror films are enough to give fully grown adults nightmares let alone small children, the film classification tells you exactly what age films should be watched by and most if not all horror films are 15 and above, to let a 6 year old watch it, well I'm sorry that would be asking for trouble and doesn't bear thinking about, there's enough horrors in this world children are witness too regardless of whether their parents want them to see it or not, without subjecting them to horror films. No parent should allow their child to watch horror.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
Hi wolife :)I agee, I still get scared becuase of were wolf movkies I watched as a child. were wolves scare me.
@s2a2n2 (1732)
• India
28 May 08
If I had one I would make him watch. We need to make them brave. I would like to sit with him and make him watch the horror movies. It makes him brave and its quite good these days. cheers
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
I'm not sure if you MADE a child watcha movie it would make him brave. Seems it would make hi think that someone bigger than him is forcing him to be scared.
28 May 08
Personally, I would slap my kid silly and send him/her to bed. But it's your choice
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
Well that is your choice but slapping child is bording on abuse Thanks for the comment
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
28 May 08
I may not let them stay up to watch a scary movie. My child always had a set bedtime too. I didn't want to take the chance of them not going to sleep either or having a nightmare or something like that also. I think they would be scared to go to bed also and then it would make me be up for hours trying to get them to go to sleep. They may also have to sleep in my bed because they are scared too.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
Yep, thats the way I see it too
@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
28 May 08
My almost 12 yr old watched "Signs" at school and couldn't sleep that night. She has watched movies that were not to scary before and did fine, but that one got to her. I guess at 6 I wouldn't let her stay up late or watch horror movie either. I think you did the right thing
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
I think they are way too young at that age
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
28 May 08
I would not. I remember watching The Exorcist when i was just 8 yrs old...my brother who was younger than me, found it to be funny...I, on the other hand, was traumatized by that movie and still to this day, it scares the bejesus out of me!! I had nightmares about that darn movie...so NO, i wouldn't allow my child to watch a scary movie..Movies are rated, not for anything.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
I wasa teenage watching that movie. it was very scary. I was always worried that my childrn would turn into the devil lol
• United States
28 May 08
There is no way I would let a six year old watch a horror film. They do not realize that this is fake and would have nightmares. When the child is older that would be fine but not at six.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
28 May 08
I tottaly agree with you, they are just too young
@weemam (13377)
28 May 08
no way , Mine are all grown up now , but I wouldn't let my grandchildren watch them at that age either ,
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@rocketsky (1014)
• China
14 Apr 09
I wont do that . it is quite radiculous to let my kids see movies like this . i will let them see some comedies and cartoon movies instead
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
14 Apr 09
You know, I was a weird parent, my son watched Jaws at the age of 2, we had no problem. I think it is the way the parents handle it. My son knew that movies and cartoons were not real. He watched all kinds of horror movies and never had a bad dream. He was an imaginative kid. My nephew is 13 and won't go trick or treating..he has always hated the masks. It depends on the parents and the kids.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
14 Apr 09
No, I wouldn't allow it. I think 6 is just too young for such films. I am flexible about bed times but the reason I allow staying up late usually has to do with family fun times. Actually, I'm in my 40s and still get too scared by those films..... I'm not sure what age I consider appropriate for them.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
29 Jun 08
No, Snow, I would not let my young child watch a horror movie either. I agree that allowing them to stay up late is not a good parenting idea. I worry more about the health of the child. When the sleep patterns and sleep cycles are disturbed and then compounded with the images of a horror movie..............it is just a bad mix and setting you and the child up for problems. But then again, this is only my opinion based on raising 4 children.
@MsTickle (25064)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
I wouldn't let a child of this age stay up late or most definitely not let them watch a horror movie. I think horror movies have the ability to have a powerful, long lasting effects on people. Not just on kiddies but maybe on some adults as well. If they were a year older I might let them stay up if it was a family party and on the weekend, but not for a horror movie.
• China
31 May 08
I think it is bad to let so little child to watch it which will let him or her make nightmare! Besides,they also have enough strenth to bear the horror! Its all my suggestion!
@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
29 May 08
I don't have children, but I remember how easily scared I was (and still am!) by those movies, so I think it is safe to say I would not let a 6-year old see a horror movie. I remember being a somewhat older than that and seeing some lame black-and-white "horror" movie on TV, about a puppet that was really a small person, who would kill people in the house...it was mostly off-screen violence, no blood, but it haunts me to this day. lol
@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
28 May 08
Easy answer, NO NO NO!!!! I'm sorry, but a child shouldn't be watching scary movies. I'll stick with rated G and sometimes PG movies until my child is thirteen! There are ratings for a reason!