Dr. Veith on the Cranach blog has some good observations about sheltering children from "negative emotions" one might find in a movie like the recent Narnia film.
In my comments to his post, I said:
This reminds me of the shift I have seen in the bedtime prayer, "Now I lay me down to sleep..."
Instead of "If I shall die before I wake, I pray thee Lord my soul to take" we now hear, "May angels watch me through the night until I wake in morning light". I refuse to use the newer version with my daughter, and teach her the one I learned as a child.
I also have a little statuette my father-in-law gave me, in which a boy is kneeling to pray, and it reads, " 'Now I lay me down to sleep,' a little boy once said, 'If I should die before I wake, how will I know I'm dead?"
Children need to know about death. They also need to know about the one who rescues us from death. How do you teach children about the cross without teaching them about death?