Post # 1
I found this news story today and thought it was strange. I’ve seen both of these commercials and didn’t think twice about them. But others are saying that they scare children and can go as far as promoting mental child abuse. I just thought they were intended to be funny but I’m not a parent so I can’t comment on if the content would scare children, although I don’t think it would even come close to some of the movie previews I’ve seen. What do you guys think? Was it too far to pull one of these off of television?
Post # 3
Honestly, as a little girl I was exceedingly skittish. I was scared of Disney movies and I couldn’t tolerate the Little Mermaid.
To say that I think these parents are making mountains out of molehills should say something.
I think it may have to do with the… American way of coddling children. I mean no offense to anyone at all, but I have seen that other cultures have less concern about their kids experiencing something scary or unpleasant. For instance, I’m under the impression that it’s pretty normal in Russia (any one can feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!) to tell your children to behave or the grandma witch Babayaga will get you. She will come and eat you if you are a naughty kid.
Post # 4
@Tunacupcakes: I was actually terrified of the beginning of Beauty and the Beast when I was little. Like I said, I don’t see how these would be anywhere near as scary for kids as commercials for movies like Scream or Saw. Nor do I think that this will promote using “scare tactics” on your kids to get them to not eat something (anymore than would have already been used by the parents).
Post # 5
I used to be a skittish child myself but I have seen these commercials on TV and I don’t see a problem with them. They are not as scary as some parents claim them to be. Even when I was little I wouldn’t have been scared by these commercials. Truthfully with some commercials I don’t think children are even listening.
I think parents today are too overprotective of their children. It’s one thing to watch over them in the backyard and set boundaries and put parental locks on the cable channels but to have a commercial pulled because parents use scare tactics as a way to make their children keep their hands off the parents desserts is ridiculous.
My parents used to do this stuff to me. Such as don’t do that or Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy won’t come.