Kids are Surprisingly Good at Spotting Bad Guys


How does a kid know the difference between good guys and bad guys in a story? As media becomes more nuanced, it’s sometimes hard to tell. On occasion, they might ask an adult if somebody is good or bad. Often, they have to decide on their own. Don’t worry — kids are remarkably insightful.

Any sort of conflict in a story can bring my daughter to tears. She screamed and openly sobbed when we took her to see Moana, then burst into hysterical laughter at the happy ending. Unfortunately, my wife and I never know what she might find scary or what will leave her completely unfazed.

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