Being a kid was not easy. The world was full of threats, and you could take nothing for granted. If you swallowed a seed, the plant would grow in your body. A psycho would hide behind the shower curtain every time you entered the bathroom. And for dessert, you could never skip a square when walking down the sidewalk, ‘cause you'd either get someone close to you in trouble, or (pick one) the plague would start.

Luckily, we are all past this point and as grown adults, most of these irrational fears are far behind us. But that doesn't mean we don’t remember them, since so many people on Twitter feel like it was yesterday. After one woman who goes by the Twitter handle @torY asked “did anyone else go through a phase as a kid where u were genuinely concerned ab the bermuda triangle?” it soon became evident that not only was she not the only one, but that there are many more threats we had to endure as kids.

So let’s see what things used to send chills down our spine right down below, and please remember, even if those fears may look unreasonable today, it doesn’t mean they weren’t real and distressing then.

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GumiBear
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5 months ago (edited)

Wait, you don't still do that?

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BrokenFlame
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5 months ago

I- i still do dat tho..

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

I was scared of quicksand, piranhas and accidental body swaps or time travel XD overactive imagination and anxiety, me? Never XD

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To find out more about fears among children, Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Kristin Pleines, a clinical social therapist at Manhattan Play Therapy who specializes in doing trauma work to help young families and children. Kristin explained that irrational fears happen to kids of all ages, and there are very common fears that children in different age groups may experience.

Kristin suggests that parents validate their child’s feelings first. “We want the child to feel validated, supported, and safe.” She gave an example of a seven-year-old afraid of being snuck up on by a snake—a child who has never even encountered a snake.

“You might say something like, ‘I'm sorry you feel scared. We all get scared sometimes, and I know it's not fun. But there aren't any snakes in our house, and we aren't going to keep looking for them, because you're safe here. I think your brain is playing a little trick on you, so let's find a way to distract it!’”

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Remi Flynne
Community Member
5 months ago

It’s something which lots of people think is a fact but there’s no law against driving with your interior lights on. But at night it can be distracting or interfere with your vision by reflecting off of the inside of the windscreen. If you’re pulled over and it’s decided that your light was a probable cause in any bad driving, you can expect to get a careless driving charge though.

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Daria B
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5 months ago (edited)

It's a very common myth, so don't worry. ^_- Also the one with watermelon growing in your stomach if you swallow the seeds.

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Love My Dogs
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeeesssss!!! I was genuinely scared to even try it.

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Another way is to get creative. “For example, you might pretend to be snakes and wiggle around, or start to research different kinds of unique snakes together. This is actually a type of exposure, which helps desensitize the child to his or her fear,” Kristin said.

Usually, irrational fears tend to go away on their own as children develop. Only if the fear persists for more than a few months, or if it begins to interfere with the child's daily functioning, Kristin recommends that parents consult a therapist.

“For example, if a child begins avoiding situations that he or she previously enjoyed in an effort to avoid reminders of their fear, this is a sign that the fear might be better addressed with the help of a professional.”

The therapist also explained that irrational fears can be caused by trauma, OCD, and anxiety, and “there is a particular nuance to addressing fears based on their underlying cause.”

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Brigs
Community Member
5 months ago

Still is and I am 54!

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#8

30 Things People Found Terrifying As Kids That Look Less Scary Now

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Alex T
Community Member
5 months ago

i didn't.... I was scared of imminent death (still am)

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Mag Marguerite
Community Member
5 months ago

When I was a child? Why? can't we anymore? :-)

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF. This happened??

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#11

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg. I lost so much sleep over this Watched some pseudo documentary on it and took it all as fact, I genuinely thought anyone could catch on fire at any given moment

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Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually, my mom didn't even let me take a shower after eating. She thought getting wet had something to do with it.

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Love My Dogs
Community Member
5 months ago

Me :)

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

What a great imagination! Only a child can have it

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

Er, well technically, silica gel would at the very least be really really bad for you if not poisonous

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GirlFriday
Community Member
5 months ago

My very first home had a basement and I was so terrified of this that the first thing I did in fixing it up was have a light switch installed at the top of the stairs. That was literally #1 on the fixer-upper list. My father (who was helping with the fixing up) was like, first thing should be get rid of the carpet, and I was like NO, BASEMENT LIGHTS CONTROLLED AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS.

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Celeste Grant
Community Member
5 months ago

I had a phase as a child where I thought eating spicy food might cause me to combust in my sleep so would have a long shower before bed... as water would stop any fire that had started inside me... sounds crazy but I guess there is some kid logic in there somewhere.

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

I still turn around and search for demons hiding in my bathroom

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Remi Flynne
Community Member
5 months ago

That isn't emphasising a danger, that is exaggerating and unreasonably scaring that poor child. Teaching care is one thing, giving people lifelong phobias isn't good parenting.

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Love My Dogs
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes. 100% my parents

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GirlFriday
Community Member
5 months ago

OMFSM YES! I also thought that warning meant you could go to jail if you told someone what happened in a movie.

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Lauren Caswell
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5 months ago

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

I had a go bag and an emergency, fresh every night tub of water next to my fish tank so I could bring my fish with me (I didn't put them in the tub every night, but it was there if needed)

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't know if every swimming pool have shark, but some of them certainly do. I'm sure!

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Love My Dogs
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes

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#26

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Aleksandra Jankowska
Community Member
5 months ago

What's wrong about that?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm certain that Dutch kids don't even think about them today as a pressing issue.

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Monday
Community Member
5 months ago

I blame Rugrats....that episode unnerved kid me

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

If people keep destroying the habitat of animals, they must not be surprised when the animals move into the peoples habitat.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

I was 18 when this was released and tbh she creeped me out! I remember thinking that's a bit too much for kids. When her glasses and wig came off was one awful, but her talking to them and her creepy "cat" has to be the worst bit of that scene

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