Scare the kids, says Pam Fer­ris

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SHE fa­mously played Miss Trunch­bull, a fear­some head­mistress who threw lit­tle girls around by their pig­tails.

And Pam Fer­ris, pic­tured, who starred in the 1996 film, Matilda, has com­plained that sto­ries for younger read­ers are be­ing toned down by adults who don’t want to frighten their chil­dren.

Miss Fer­ris, 68, said sto­ries that scared chil­dren were good for them be­cause they pro­vided valu­able life lessons.

She told Reader’s Di­gest: ‘I firmly be­lieve that giv­ing chil­dren – in a safe and lov­ing cir­cum­stances – a dose of fear and anx­i­ety and later telling them, “It’s OK, you can go to sleep now”, is one of the best life lessons.’

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