Many many children stories are horror
They do serve a purpose though
When it’s just the right amount of scary, it’s a safe environment to explore various feelings safely.
Children after the age of 3.5/4 know the difference between fantasy and reality. Of course adults lie to children so they believe things that aren’t always true but if they know it’s fantasy they know what’s fantasy or reality
But there’s limits.
There’s been a lot of safe horror on YouTube for the past couple of years that’s actually impressively at the exactly the right range for small children to process.
The whole skibidi toilet war between the camera heads and the toilet guys is perfectly fine for 4 to 11 years old – they each get different things out of it. All made by one guy and embraced by generation Alpha like I’ve never seen.
The hugy wugy blue creature with all of the teeth is popular on every country for 3 to 7 year olds. I thought it was just my little ne but then I started to see it on all the different YouTube shorts and Instagrams and stuff and it’s worldwide.
However, horror made for older teenagers and adults don’t belong in front of kids eyes
My oldest niece who’s now in her late 20s I think was exposed to the Leprechaun movie by a babysitter at the age of four
We finally had a trip to go to Ireland to go to a wedding – the only overseas trips I’ve made. She was about 9 years old and she loved Ireland but no use for leprechauns whatsoever.
She would look away or duck a little when she would saw one in a store window
She got over it by the time she was a teenager but still it wasn’t necessary. My sister dropped that babysitter after she found out they were watching leprechaun[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Male"]