• ADHD books published by NorthEast Books & Publishing, by Association for Youth, Children and Natural Psychology
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"Mommy, I'm Scared": How TV and Movies Frighten Children and What We Can Do to Protect Them, by Joanne Cantor PhD

Nightmares, anxiety, intense fear, and physical pain are typical reactions that children have to scary TV. This very important book considers such childhood fears and how they affect us as teenagers and adults. Cantor, a student at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center, comes down hard on TV programs, movie reruns, and TV news as the "uninvited intruders" in our home. What to do? Monitor very carefully, or discard the TV.

Cantor offers ways to help children work through their fears, including distracting, desensitizing, and reasoning, and she analyzes movie ratings (Jaws, for example, is PG) and why we love violence so much. An excellent addition to public library shelves.?Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Mommy, I'm Scared": How TV and Movies Frighten Children and What We Can Do to Protect Them
------------------------------------------by Joanne Cantor, PhD

Psychology Book Review for Parents and Professionals

Scary and horror movies do affect a child's emotional and psychological development.

Scary and horror movies affect a child's emotional and psychological development. Parents need to be cautious with what movies they allow their children to watch.

This is an excellent reference on the psychological effects of "scary" movies and children. From R-rated and slasher movies, to common horror movies like Jaws, to children's movies for young children such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Alice in Wonderland, and Little House on the Prairie???????

Believe it or not, Little House on the Prairie was judged to me one of the scariest TV shows of its time for children. Cantor explains and provides many clinical studies and scholarly references to prove her point. However, in today's world, parents, psychologists and educators need to realize that children are viewing very disturbing movies on a regular basis. This has become a way of life for children from the earliest of ages.

The movies of extreme violence for children, is something of a very serious nature, and parents need to protect children from the influence of disturbing and violent films. Children are seeing these films on cable television, video rentals and at the movies. Sometimes, very innocent, dainty girls are seeing movies of extreme violence with their parents. Parents need to realize that this can affect their child's mental health. This book explains in a balanced way how movies and television can affect the psychology of a child.

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