Movies: How children process films

Movies: How children process films

Children process all impressions – not just those from television – in their very own way. Preschoolers very often look for symbolic solutions to their feelings and fears. This also includes role-playing games or drawings in which children bring about the happy ending of a film.

Animal and nature films

Parents know that their children like animals and also like to look at animals. It is with a good feeling that they turn on animal films. Not infrequently, however, children get scared out of the blue during the reception and do not want to continue watching the film. This reaction is usually triggered by scenes in which a large animal catches a smaller, more defenseless animal, when small animals come into danger or when gamekeepers shoot animals. Thus, it is better for parents to check when their children download video from Youtube.

Educationally valuable children’s films

Perhaps this is the aspect that will surprise you the most. Many parents believe that boys and girls can watch children’s films ‘safely’. But it is precisely these films that deal with topics that are linked to the individual interests, desires, or fears of the children. You can trigger or reveal the latter. Children’s films can not only trigger fears, they also sometimes reveal what the child is already thinking about.

Walt Disney films

Many children perceive Walt Disney films just as problematically. These mostly tell symbolically condensed development stories from the perspective of the little ones with a lot of drama and tension. For example with the ‘Lion King’. In this story Simba the little lion is supposed to take over the kingdom of his father when he is killed by his brother. Many children react very emotionally and fearfully at this point. This is where both the dramatic images and the issue of parental loss come into play. If films trigger fears in children, they particularly need the security and security of their parents.

Children need the support of their parents when it comes to processing films. Some don’t realize that fiddling around while watching TV is part of it. Children process their television experiences in role plays, drawings, and fantasy games. Parents should not prevent this because it makes it clear what the child is dealing with internally.