Who’s afraid of the big, bad fairy tale?
Last updated at 14:06, Saturday, 18 February 2012
Once upon a time, before bedtime, parents read a story to their children. But numbers are on the decline – with many parents preferring to stick their kids in front of the TV or a DVD.
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i cant believe what i have just read, with all these new computer games and tv programmes fairy tales are exactly that fairy tales millions of people have had them read to them over the centuries it is too much of a nanny state please please do not stop reading your children fairy tales its part of growing up
I have a son at primary school and was very disappointed when he brought home the new pc version of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff.
My lad plays Knights and Dragons with his Castle and this always deteriorates into a violent 'battle' between the Knights and the Dragons with the victor being decided seemingly at random by my son.
Irrespective of how much we water down these stories the children will always want to explore the darker side of things, it is up to us, the parents, to guide them along their way in a balanced and sensible manner not some book editor or politician who thinks we are incapable of such a thing.
Nothing wrong with moving away from nasty fairy tales, or from keeping them but telling children they are "stories". ECO'friendly - makes a fine point - and again, what about Hansel & Gretal .. eating a house made of sweets ... argh - never considering tooth decay. Ban this story forthwith.