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Should there be murder mysteries for kids?
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Molly O. - 11:20am Mar 20, 2002 PST(#29 of 39)

I was nine years old when I first started watching murder mysteries, and I became a fan of Father Dowling Mysteries, Matlock and Murder She Wrote.

I think you should judge each child's maturity level individually and determine whether you think they can handle it. If you think they can, give them something mild, like Father Dowling Mysteries, Diagnosis Murder, or authors like Agatha Christie.

Fran Hinkel - 07:33am Apr 25, 2002 PST(#30 of 39)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

I cannot even remember a time when I was not interested in mysteries. As with a lot of things, I guess you have to be able to "know" your child to decide if they can understand that these are just stories. It has had no ill effects in my life, and I am still quite the mystery addict.

Susan Meyers - 07:28pm May 19, 2002 PST(#31 of 39)
"A room without books is like a body without a soul" Cicero

I loved Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes... the list goes on, lol. I can't remember a time when I didn't read mysteries. As it's been stated, every child is different and it's up to the parent to monitor. God bless, Susan

Michelle Doxtater - 08:14am Aug 26, 2002 PST(#32 of 39)

I am well past being a kid but I do feel that mysteries, even murder mysteries, should not be limited to just adults. The world today exposes kids to murder and its consequences at a young age via TV news and programming. It's not something kids can hide from and,at least, a good mystery punishes the wrong-doer (one way or another) in the end. In a mystery book - good usually triumphs over bad!

Jasmin Nutt - 11:30am Sep 25, 2002 PST(#33 of 39)

yes there should be mysteries like that for kids like me because we need some interesting

mindy wilner - 09:56pm Nov 17, 2002 PST(#34 of 39)

I was a kid when I started reading Nancy Drew. Darn straight mysteries are important for kids.

macgyvermagic - 03:32am Mar 21, 2003 PST(#35 of 39)

First of all let me say, that I totally agree with Tyler (#13). Not many 11 (?) year-olds have arguments like those. But I might be biased since you are a fellow-Shirley fan. :-)

I think the whole problem here is that lots of parents are OVERprotective of their kids. Protective is good, overprotective is bad.

They have to learn about death and murder anyway, so why not make it a little less scary for them.

Being overprotective of kids is leading to stories - on both TV and in books - which shield kids from all 'bad' and potentially suspensefull stuff in a story.

Parents should examine how mature their kids are. Obviously you're not gonna read a murder mystery to a 4-year-old.

I've been interested in mysteries in general for a long time. Can't even remember when I started. And the fact some of them contains murder doesn't bother me. As soon as a kid is able to distinguish 'real' from 'fictional' they should be OK, providing they are not easily scared by stories....If they are able to do that, they should also know that killing is wrong.

That's my view.

Hope you have a nice day, wherever you are.

tony giorgakis - 09:15am Apr 6, 2003 PST(#36 of 39)

YES,I think murder mysteries should exist for kids because if a kid is getting enough education for growing to be an adult detective they should come to this website and look up all kinds of mysteries including murder mysteries.That's why there should be murder mysteries for kids.

Eugeniusz Nowok - 09:01am Oct 20, 2003 PST(#37 of 39)

I dont really care what "learned" psychologists say on that matter. I know one thing for sure, that there ARE psychopathic children. And such children can commit crimes in the future regardles whether they watch, read or write criminal or violent stuf or not. We must remember one thing, that psychopaths r human predators of this world and it has always been so and always WILL b, and this is my STRONG belief. - Eugeniusz Nowok

Anthony Durrant - 08:19pm Nov 30, 2003 PST(#38 of 39)
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I was reading murder mysteries when I was six years old (Donald J. Sobol's TW0-MINUTE MYSTERIES, of course), and I had no corruptive effect from them, so why should other children be affected by these mysteries as well?

Susanne MacDonald - 09:56pm Nov 7, 2004 PST(#39 of 39)

I an agree to "clean" murder mysteries where the description is "was murdered by a blow to the head/ shot with a gun" etc. But getting really detailed about the crime scene for no appearant reason, even for adult mysteries is a bit too far.

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