Bad Fairy Tales

Mirror, mirror, on the wall ... Who's the fairest of them all? Depends on who you ask according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Purdue* and Western Illinois Universities, says fairy tales like "Snow White" and "Sleeping Beauty" can be harmful to kids ... especially little girls.

That's because they create misconceptions such as beauty being good and ugliness being evil.

And not all princess are charming.

Says Heather Krell, a child psychiatrist, ""If we're telling them that beautiful and feminine is what is most important, are we aso telling them that sports and education are less important? I'm afraid we might be."

The study does not say fairy tales should be off-limits.

It suggests you should tell your children beasts can sometimes be beauties and beauties can someties be beasts.