My tween is still really frightened by scary stuff in movies. Should I be concerned?

Although some kids this age might start seeking out scary content looking for thrills, there's nothing wrong with 8- to 9-year-olds who dislike it. The ability to handle violence and scary stuff comes in time and shouldn't be forced.

Not all scary stuff is the same, though. Around age 8 is when kids can deal with the beginnings of emotional conflict -- such as the loss of a pet or divorce -- but scenes of anger, bullying, loyalty, and moral issues all should show resolution. Realistic scary situations may be the most frightening. Though they might try to seem like big kids, tweens still need to be reassured that they're safe. Read more about how to choose movies for sensitive kids.

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Kid, 11 years old

Nothing is wrong with your child. Some kids will grow up to enjoy stuff like that, while others hate it. It is just a part of their personality. Don't be worried.
Teen, 16 years old written by NewAgePerspective

it might be aspeberger syndrome. or maybe you should enjoy the fact that your child doesn't want to toss the parent away so quickly. so enjoy the extra snuggles that you can squeeze out of your child.