Should You Set Limits for Pretend Play?

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By Lucy Rector Filppu and Keren Perles

“Bang, bang! You’re dead!” In a culture filled with violent video games, TV shows and images of war, it’s unnerving to see children pretending to kill each other. But whether it’s pretend gunplay, fake sword fighting or a superhero scene recreated, there’s more to it than just violence. How can kids safely use their imagination, and when should you step in?