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Godzilla May Be Scary Prospect to Youngsters

Posted May 24, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— If your kids haven't asked to see Godzilla yet, odds are they will. Even though it's rated PG-13, the reptile is number one on the "must-see" list for many young children.

Amy Edwards spent the afternoon watching it at a Wilson theater with her 4- and 5-year-old who have been begging to see it.

"First experience for everything, and you know you just have to explain to them that it's not real and go with that. If they don't want to come back we won't come back and see any more scary movies," Edwards said.

But psychotherapist Bill Edwards says even with Mom and Dad nearby, PG-13 action movies can be too frightening for young kids. They can't differentiate the movies from real life.

"As an example, Jurassic Park brought many children to child therapists," the psychotherapists says, "due to night terrors, sleep disorders, a lot of fear of simply being away because they saw those monsters as real."

Toys from the movies are designed for young children -- children who are too young to see the film without an adult.

On one toy package, a warning shows that the toy is fine for children over 5. Right next to the warning on the same box are the words "as seen in the movie." Edwards says the toys are harmless, but only if parents take one piece of advice about the film: To respect the PG-13 rating and not take a child under 13 into this movie. The movie is great and fine for adults and teenagers, but not for children.