For many, fairy tales are harmless and suitable for children, but others are saying they’re quite the opposite. Believe it or not, many parents are preventing their children from being exposed to these fantastic stories because they feel that a lot of the themes or plots are too morbid or frightening for young audiences.
Despite these negative notions, you can’t discount the fact that these stories have merits, too. There are many valuable life lessons that children can understand and retain. Writing for The Telegraph, Graeme Paton sought the opinion of Sally Goddard Blythe, an expert on child development.
Mrs Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester, said: “Fairy tales help to teach children an understanding of right and wrong, not through direct teaching, but through implication.
“They help to develop imagination and creativity and they help children to understand their own emotional dilemmas in an imaginative way rather than through direct instruction.
“When you don’t give children these stereotypes of good and bad, you don’t give them a moral code on which to start to develop their own lives.”
She writes in the book: “Far from demonising the dwarfs, the story of Snow White shows that underlying the physical diversity there can be greater kindness and generosity than is found in the stereotypes of beauty and wealth so lauded by celebrity-worshipping cultures.
Let your kids appreciate fairy tales and their wonderful moral lessons when you watch free movies online. Here are some of the classic animated movies they should watch at least once in their life:
In the story of Cinderella, children can essentially learn about hope from the protagonist. Despite being oppressed, Ella stayed good and eventually, she was able to beat the odds. With a little help, she was able to make her dreams come true.
The Beauty and the Beast
The Beauty and The Beast allows kids to realise that being different should be embraced and celebrated, not denied and ostracised. Even though Belle was being demeaned, she believed that her unique love for books or endless learning and her quirky father were not things to be ashamed of. Through Belle’s acceptance of the imperfections of the Prince, kids can also recognise that inner beauty is more valuable than superficial looks.
An online streaming site like Viewlorium has an extensive collection of fairy tale classics and other child-friendly films that your kids can watch for free anywhere, anytime. It also features several other films, including interesting cult classic movies. While the kids are busy watching these movies, you can indulge and sink your teeth into these fascinating films.
(Source: Parents who shun fairytales ‘miss chance to teach children morality’, The Telegraph, March 14, 2011)