The Jan. 7 editorial, entitled “Legal child abuse,” is spot on, and therefore you deserve sincere kudos for everything said – which simply echoes what common logic and good judgment is all about. I mean, who takes their children to these kinds of movies and allows them to just sit there and cry to a keening wail without doing something about it?
And as I look around, study after study, including the one conducted by the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York – Presbyterian, and Columbia University Medical Center, presented at the Oct. 28, 2006 meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in San Diego, agrees with your research and observations. That study states, “Toddlers and young children who watch violent movies, including Halloween horror films, television shows or video games, may be more likely to develop anxiety, sleep disorders, and aggressive and self-endangering behaviors.”
From a spiritual perspective, we know the seriousness of this practice because trauma can be a door opener for satan to attempt to gain a foothold and thereby give cause for anxiety to further manifest itself. After all, our enemy is definitely out there and “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (1st Peter 5:8). And the timetable for when difficulty can surface varies with the child and the level of abuse.
Therefore, as part of a believing community, our prayers are for the defenseless children who remain subject to the whim of their parents and/or other adults around them. In this, we entreat our Lord for His protection – so that the children may remain safe from those who have yet to grow up themselves.