I'd like to find whoever it was who decided at some point in the last 30 years that it was wrong to scare kids… and punch the living shit out of them.
Could not agree more to be honest. I just do not
understand this whole theory of trying to wrap kids in cotton wool and protect them from anything remotely scary, challenging or disturbing.
The ratings system is used only as a guideline in my house. If I think my kids (7 and 10) can handle a 12 rated film (Scott Pilgrim) or even a 15 (both Hellboy films), I'll let them watch it.
They were both terrified by Jaws though and I had to turn it off.
I took them to see Paddington on Sunday and there was nothing in there that I would think warranted a PG rating.
Speaking as a non-parent, this seems like exactly the right approach to me. In my own experience, though certain films upset me as a kid*, by the age of 12/13 not much could faze me and I was about ready for anything.
*Which comes back to my theory that kids are pretty much self-regulating anyway - Stephen King's IT
, which I saw around the age of 8 or 9, terrified me so much that I didn't go near
another horror film for several years afterwards. I learned my lesson.