Now it’s October and a lot of us love Halloween. As a child I loved a good scare. I lived for the rush of my heart pounding in my chest and adrenaline coursing through my veins as I anxiously awaited the latest scary thing to pop off. When it finally did, I would scream and run for cover and in a few seconds, I would be back for more. That for me was just one of the fun things of a normal childhood that sometimes left me with nightmares but always quickly became a distant memory. Over the years as a mother, especially during Halloween, I have scared the living daylights out of my own children and any other child who dared to let me. I remember foggy garages, Scream and Jason masks, heads in jars, creepy sound effects, plastic chainsaws, and the works. Hey, I lived for that stuff.
Today however, I’m seeing more pranks on youngsters being classified as child abuse and in some cases even lawsuits are being filed citing lasting mental trauma to a minor. Now I must acknowledge that in today’s shock society we tend to push the envelope further and further. I also accept that children are young and impressionable, and I respect the rights of parents who choose to have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the scaring of their children. But do we ever wonder if we’re “criminalizing” and “child-proofing” the fun out of our children’s childhoods and are we depriving them of opportunities to develop their own coping mechanisms?
In the clip below, a prankster uses filters to scare a little boy into thinking something has happened to his face. Now call me what you wish but I’ll admit I laughed out loud when I watched it. Now in light of recent developments I’m wondering how would others view it, abuse or harmless prank? You tell me.
Listen with the sound on.