From the New York Times parenting blog Motherlode, Are Fairy Tales Too Scary For Children? by Lisa Belkin:
Of the 3,000 British parents polled by the TheBabyWebsite.com, earlier this month, 50percent said they would not read fairy tales to their children until they were at least five-years-old. Of those, 20 percent said they rejected the oldies as politically incorrect, while close to that number, 17 percent, said the stories would give their children nightmares.
I'll let you read the rest of the post without quoting the best bits here. While I'm glad that the discussion of fairy tales continues to thrive, I'd like to see more mainstream articles move beyond the "Are fairy tales good for children?" motif to discussing children's reactions to particular fairy tales and delving into some of the lesser-known stories.
Check out The Princess Questionnaire. The post will only be up until January 19th, as it's part of the author's thesis.
Thanks to Pipers at the Gates of Dawn for the article and tony.dowler.com for the princess thesis link.