miss carol wrote:I'm of the school that if it can happen to a child, they should be able to read about it using age-appropriate language. Certainly, some kids are more sensitive than others (hell, horror movies still give me bad dreams!) but war, deprivation, and insecurity are suitable topics for kids lit when properly handled. Bubble wrap is for furniture.
I can dig that. We don't let our kid watch much TV yet, but occasionally we watch a Planet Earth together, and sometimes a lion is going to catch up with a gazelle. That's how it goes.
But the first time we let him watch a cartoon, it was some innocuously insipid drivel on Sprout where kids were tossing a water balloon back and forth. Three minutes in, after one of the kids dropped his balloon, my kid flipped out: "FIX IT! FIX IT!" Bawling hysterically. We had to turn it off. I guess he's not really into the literary concept of "conflict" yet.