A good idea, if you are concerned that your child may be too scared to watch a particular movie, is to read the story first. If there are no nightmares, you can consider letting your child watch the movie – particularly since the story is now familiar, and shouldn’t be as scary.
It’s also worth noting that keeping your child away from scary stories, like some of those fairy tales, is also not a good idea. That’s because hearing those tales will teach your child valuable lessons in how to deal with potentially challenging and scary situations. You may also notice that your child uses those fairy tales as a basis for play, changing the story, and coming up with their own endings and changes as they go along. That makes them a great source of creativity, and helps your child to learn problem solving.
Also remember that it’s not only stories and movies that can give your child nightmares! Television news reports or newspapers can also be a source of scary stories that may cause your child nightmares. Be ready to answer questions and put your child’s mind at rest, or to change the channel if your child is particularly sensitive.