Traditional Fairytales may Not be Giving the Right Message, Say Brit Parents

by Savitha C Muppala on  January 7, 2009 at 6:44 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 Traditional Fairytales may Not be Giving the Right Message, Say Brit Parents
According to recent research, British parents have given up reading traditional fairytales to their children, out of concern that the tales do not carry the right message.

All-time favourites like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel are no longer being told to kids as caring parents feel that the bedtime stories could emotionally damage kids.

The poll of 3,000 British parents, by, found that a third of parents refused to read Little Red Riding Hood because she walks through woods alone and finds her grandmother eaten by a wolf, the study found.

One in 10 said Snow White should be re-named because "the dwarf reference is not PC", the research revealed.

Rapunzel was considered "too dark" and Cinderella has been dumped amid fears she is treated like a slave and forced to do all the housework, reports the Telegraph.

Sarah Pilkinton, 36, a mother-of-three from Sevenoaks, Kent, told researchers: "I loved the old fairy stories when I was growing up. I still read my children some of the classics like Sleeping Beauty and Goldilocks, but I must admit I've not read them The Gingerbread Man or Hansel and Gretel.

"They are both a bit scary and I remember having difficulty sleeping after being read those ones when I was little."

Many parents said that the stories were no longer appropriate to soothe youngsters before bed, the shocking research found.

It also emerged 65 per cent of parents preferred to read their children happier tales at bedtime, such as the Mr Men, The Gruffalo and Winnie the Pooh.

Top 10 fairy tales Brit parents no longer read:

1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

2. Hansel and Gretel

3. Cinderella

4. Little Red Riding Hood

5. The Gingerbread Man

6. Jack and the Beanstalk

7. Sleeping Beauty

8. Beauty and the Beast

9. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

10. The Emperor's New Clothes

Source: ANI

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Parents are rightly concerned about certain 'grimm' fairy tales! I also eliminated nursery rhymes such as '3 blind mice', 'piggy on the rail-way' 'sing a song of sixpence' 'humpty dumpty' to name a few from my list of rhymes when my son was a pre schooler. Oh! and not to forget 'Jack and Jill'. I couldn't understand how teachers made children mindlessly repeat these rhymes that on closer examination revealed that ghastly things happened to the characters portrayed- falling, breaking bones, smashing heads and bodies, birds baked alive, blind mice being butchered- tales of horror indeed!
Ramac Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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