Why do kids like Huggy Wuggy so much?

Huggy Wuggy is a blue puppet with red lips and sharp teeth. Apparently
cuddly and looking for cuddles, this protagonist of the video game (from
survival video game “Poppy Playtime”, released in October 2021) is in
reality, a ruthless killer.

While the name implies that he is used to giving and asking for hugs, afterwards
tricking his victim, he is instead immediately ready to go wild
lethal attacks.

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Questions about Huggy Wuggy

Yes, it does. But there is no blood. If the player stops, he sees Huggy Wuggy appear very closely with his teeth bared.

But Poppy Playtime isn’t actually gory. According to gamers, true horror comes from the suspense and thrill of the chase.

What are the risks?

There are multiple risks that can arise from exposing children and young people to scary content before they are prepared.

  • Added anxiety and stress: Children and young people are still growing and learning. They may not be at a level of emotional maturity capable of processing scary content, even if it is intentional. Horror games might hinder that growth by creating unnecessary anxiety and stress.
  • Intrusive thoughts: Everyone has the “thing that goes wild at night”. If kids play this game or watch it, the Boogeyman could easily be replaced with characters like Huggy Wuggy. This could cause children to lose focus or sleep, and could disrupt the family’s rest cycles.
  • New Fears – Manipulating child-friendly objects into menacing characters takes advantage of the sense of security a child would feel around such things. They may suddenly be terrified of something that has never been a concern before.
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Don’t rely on parental controls.

It would be nice if we could just click a setting and never have to worry about what our kids see, but that’s not the case. Make full use of all privacy settings and network nannies you have access to, but do not rely on them. Unscrupulous people are always looking for a way around parental controls, and it’s hard for technology to keep up with them.

I know this is something I repeat often, however, open conversations with your child about what they are watching, playing or talking about at school is the most important thing you can do to keep your child safe and happy . Whatever new threat arises, talking to your children can nip threats in the bud and minimize potential harm before it becomes a reality. I bolded and italicized the word “with” because it’s not just about talking to your kids or lecturing them about the dangers of this or that. Nor is it about passively listening as your child talks endlessly about things that don’t seem like a big deal. The key is to interact with each other so you both feel heard, understood, and accepted.

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