When I was in kindergarten I had a pet tarantula that I found in my yard. Gross, right? I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I didn’t touch it, but I liked to watch it. I only kept it for show-and-tell, then I let it go. That being said, I want to share how I acquired my biggest fear… spiders.
At the end of the year (of kindergarten), all of the girls from my class had a sleepover at the teacher’s house (her daughter was also in that class). We had a super fun night, but the next morning, my world was about to change!
We woke up, ate breakfast, and everyone decided they wanted to watch a movie. I don’t remember who picked it or if everyone wanted to watch it, but Arachnophobia was chosen. I was a victim of peer pressure and was scared to tell anyone I wanted to watch something else. I was leaving the room every few minutes to “go get a drink” or “go to the bathroom” or any other excuse I could find to NOT watch this movie! It scared me to death!!!
Of all the movies I’ve seen in my life, there are many I do not remember at all, but I can still picture clips of this horrific movie in my head to this day (almost 20 years later) and I haven’t seen it since! My personal opinion is that a bunch of 6-7 year old little girls should not be watching PG-13 movies at all, especially not scary ones (this one is categorized as Thriller).
I had arachnophobia (extreme or irrational fear of spiders) so bad that I vigorously shook every article of clothing before putting it on, checked under my sheets before getting into bed, and made my little sister try on my shoes to make sure there weren’t any spiders in them! (I did shake them out first… I know that was mean but I was terrified!) When I came across a real spider, I screamed, ran, and wouldn’t return to the room where I saw it for hours (if someone killed it). I had it bad! Those interesting little critters turned into huge evil monsters to me.
I’m not quite AS terrified as I was, but I’m still scared of them! I can kill tiny ones, but if I see a big one, I will go get my husband to kill it and hope it doesn’t disappear before I get back. Then I’m paranoid for a very long time. I really don’t like spiders!
So, do you think kids should be allowed to watch scary movies? My answer is HECK NO! You have no idea what could scare your child. Kids have a wild imagination and don’t completely understand what fiction means. It’s not worth it to let kids (especially someone else’s kids) watch scary movies or movies for a mature audience because you have no way of knowing if it might scare them or not. Before you turn on that adult movie in front of your kids, think twice!
Do you have a phobia or a movie that terrified you as a child?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)