Hidden Effects of Watching Cartoons on Little Spectators
Cartoons are most popular entertainment for the children. Currently there are plenty of TV channels that broadcast the different cartoons for children non-stop. Whereas previously children spent their time in outdoor activities playing with their peers & enjoying different games, now they prefer to watching their favorite characters on TV & get stuck in front of Television sets at home for long hours.
Children have grown much more interested in cartoons in recent years & it has become the main pastime for them. Mostly children begin watching cartoons on television at the early age of 6 months, & by the age of 2 or 3 children become enthusiastic viewers.
In fact, watching TV in moderation can be the good thing: preschoolers can get help learning the alphabet on public television, schoolkids can learn about the wildlife on nature shows, & parents can keep up with all current events by watching evening news. No doubt about it, television can be an excellent educator & entertainer. But despite its advantages, too much television can be detrimental: children who consistently spend more than four hours a day watching TV are more likely to be overweight. Kids who see violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior and also may fear that the world is scary & that something bad will happen to them. TV characters often display risky behavior, such as the smoking & drinking, & may also reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes.
How do cartoons influence the psychology of children? How does this colorful entertainment pose a threat to the children? Unfortunately, it should be admitted that this has become the great psychological problem nowadays. Usually children watch television much more, which makes them addicted. For long hours children spend their time in front of the television. They watch cartoons even when they eat, because some parents believe it gets easier to the feed babies watching television.
Psychologists emphasize the negative impacts of cartoons on all children. According to their conclusions, children who watch cartoons 3 to 4 hours a day are prone to violence. Moreover, marginalization of cognitive functions, divergence from realities, & an increase of negative behavior might develop over the course of time.
According to studies, infants aged 18 months & older begin to take short-term interest in television. However, after 2.5 years (30 months) they might be called active ‘viewers’. They gain the ability to imitate behavior & events that they come across every day. So, we can surely affirm that colorful characters from ‘innocent’ cartoons may turn into the role models that impact a child’s psychological state.
Television begins to play a more important role for 3 to 6-year-old children. Little viewers are not only watch television like before but also start to ‘apprehend’ what they see and obtain information. Parents actually often are not aware of the severity of the current situation. They choose an easy way to entertain their children when they are busy with domestic affairs or daily chores. Without the supervision of their parents’ children tend to watch cartoons whole the day long. Adults may be completely unaware that this might have the certain impact on the child’s psychological development.
Experts conclude that children who watch cartoons full of violence tend to be nervous, aggressive & belligerent. Moreover, these children are impatient & disobedient. There are 3 main effects of cartoons that concern violence on children: a) they become insensitive to others’ pains & sorrow, b) children do not feel discomfort from any elements of violence around them in their real life, c) children are prone to aggressive reactions & violent behavior.
A lot of cartoons that children watch include full of violence. So, children acquire ferocity from their funny friends by the subliminal perception. For example, ‘Tom & Jerry’, where a cat and a mouse chase each other. It would be better to inform people why this cartoon has a downside.
Tom & Jerry are a very popular cartoon. Tom & Jerry are fictional characters; Jerry is very clever & Tom is a little bit of a fool. In this cartoon both of them fight with different types of tools, which seems funny. But it is dangerous for a child because at this age children learn those activities from cartoons & want to use them in real life.
But the cartoons’ negative impact can completely spoil our children. Cartoons continue to play an important role in popular culture & have a magnificent future. In the 1970s several classic cartoons were censored when broadcast on television because they were considered the bad influence on children. For example, Tom & Jerry was taken off air in some countries because the cartoon often showed gunshots, explosions, physical deformations & weapons.
Cartoon characters however always survive these actions which, in the eyes of critics, is the unrealistic message to children who might believe that when you hurt or kill someone, he/she would remain unharmed. It encourages aggressiveness & anti-social behavior, makes children less sensitive to violence & to victims of violence, & increases their appetite for more violence in entertainment & in real life. Cartoon violence is damaging to the children because they cannot tell the difference between real life & fiction.
Today in many cartoons you see its characters diving, jumping, & falling from heights, then landing without being harmed. Parents seem to be happy with this as along as the cartoon doesn’t promote sex material or any kind of violence.
Television has long been criticized for influencing children. People complain that certain TV shows & cartoons have negative effects on their children. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) & the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) both believe that TV does influence the behavior of children as young as one year old.
“Children who see shows in which violence is very realistic, & frequently repeated or unpunished are more likely to imitate what they see,” AACAP says.
This speaks to the impressionable minds of the children, who are still learning control of their minds & bodies, & are likely to mimic what they see. AACAP also stresses the complete need for parents to keep a close eye on what their children watch. “Parents must be with children,” AACAP said.
the cartoon character & actor that was shot has not been harmed, but would actually be seriously injured or die in real life. They should also work to tell children that violent behavior is not the best course of action to resolve a conflict.
To make cartoons a healthy entertainment & a good & effective source of learning for children, parents should pay more attention to providing selected cartoons to their children which could have the positive impact on them. Parents must control the time children spend watching Television. They can choose appropriate cartoons for their children. It would be better if parents also regularly watch & discuss the characters of cartoons with children. This way they will not only keep their children away from violence but also direct them to different activities.
Let’s protect our children from the negative impact of the Digital Media! Because healthy children mean a healthy future!