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.