The Truth About Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales can bring wonder to the minds of young children all around the world. They can teach lessons and morals, promote personal growth, and be entertaining for children. But could these stories actually be damaging to children’s future self-esteem and value? When children watch/read a fairy tale, are they learning that the most important thing in life is their aesthetic appeal? Researchers have found that many fairy tales today showcase beautiful people and reinforce traditional gender stereotypes that can be confusing for all kids, especially for young girls. While some researchers argue children are often left with conflicting thoughts and miss the message of the story completely, other researchers say that fairy tales are important for a child’s development and a valid part of learning. They further argue Fairy Tales are a good way for children to cope with hard lessons like the difference between good and evil, an internal struggle many people have. More researchers and psychologists have gone on to praise certain fairytales for teaching children to conquer fears. My research explores both sides of this debate and ultimately equips educators and parents with tools to ensure young people are positively influenced and encouraged by fairy tales.