Well I was old enough to not get traumatised by it. My mum never encouraged me to watch violent films and she'd never buy any for me until I was a bit older, but at that age I was watching a lot of 15s anyway. Me and my family used to have a film nate every two weeks on a Saturday and we'd rent two films, which me and my brothers would choose from the Video store. We were allowec to watch anything up to a 15, and if it was an 18, it may be watched my my parents first. I think the first time we watched it, it was actually with our parents, and then we awoke early the next day to watch it again because it was one of the coolest things we had ever seen, We only just starting to allowed to watch more adult films at that point, but my parents would always bar most of the 18's because of potential sex scenes, and on the back of the VHS case it said the film had mild nudity, which it did. At 11 years old I can assure you it was the most adult film my parents let me watch. In a way, it's the ultimate Boy's film.
I remember when I was between the ages of like 5 and 7, I used to be pretty terriifed of Ghostbusters. At around 8 years old, I had a friend who was a little bit older than me and his parents would always let him watch whatever he wanted except for the really bad horror movies. I'd go round there and watch films like Robocop and Terminator. I was a bit too young to watch them, and so was he, but I thought Robocop was really cool when I was a child because I wasn't scared of it. It was just awesome. My parents wouldn't let me watch anything over a 12 when I was that young.
It's things like the Disney Channel and MTV selling sex to little girls that's more of a danger IMO. Kids are so sesceptable to marketing, it's unvelievable. Now, every where I go I see an eight year old with a hambag (you called them purses I think). They're growing up too fast due to the sheer amount of provocative imagry and sexual advertising that's constantly being fed into their minds, distorting their values, and almost completely shaping their personalities, for the brain can only rationalise with the information it recieves. I don't think films are really a problem. But I hold a lot of disregard for TV and it should be feared a lot more than it is. It's a tool, dumbing us down and turning us into mindless lemmings, like the young lads who are willing to get blown up on the battlefield for a group of snotty middle-aged politicians.