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Pediatric Magazine

Pediatric Magazine

How do children respond to violent movies?

Children have been reported to have the following symptoms after they have watched violent movies:

  • Bedtime fears
  • Recurrent nightmares
  • Daytime flashbacks of something frightening
  • Disruption of concentration and study
  • A fearful view of the world

Since these movies are made to frighten teenagers and adults, these findings are not surprising.

Frequent exposures to violent material can also cause a child to become insensitive to human suffering. Violent movies may have an even greater impact on disturbed children. Some of them imitate what they see in the movies.