Cartoons are the most frequent and easily accessible source of entertainment which we provide to our children. With the vastness of media and extension of channels, it has become easier for children to watch their favorite cartoons on a single click and at the same time it has become more convenient for parents to provide children with this all-time favorite activity of theirs. Time which was previously spent by children in outdoor activities is now replaced, as now they can be found glued to the TV sets for long hours, peering at all sorts of cartoons, mostly without the supervision of elders who are completely unaware that this might have certain effects on their psychological development later on displayed in their behavior patterns.
However, there is evidence that child-based movies have become significantly more violent in recent years and that parents have increased the amount of time they allow their children to watch them. In the past, children watched a limited amount of television and movies. Most children in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, tended to go to the movie theater to watch child-based movies, but since the advent of the VCR, child-based movies are a constant. In fact, in the past “going to the movies” was an exciting event for most children. Why? Not only tto watch a movie, but it also gave them a chance to socialize with friends. With the VCR and CDs, Netlix and the like, movies can also become a solitary, isolative way of life.
It is important to note that a passive lifestyle that consists of spending large amounts of timewatching movies and television can influence a child’s thoughts and behaviors. If a child sees violent, sexual and/or unrealistic child-based movies and cartoons, he or she may internalize these images and concepts and this can contribute to acting them out in school or at home. Emotions from movies and music can also be internalized.
As the 1990s rolled in, toon-agedies reached an all-time high. The appalling effects of such irreverent cartoons as The Simpsons, South Park and Pokemon, have been so well documented I will not delve into them here. Pepe LePew cartoons have been linked to teen pregnancy, Goofy shorts to careless extreme sports injuries and Snorks to scores of teen suicides.
When will this stop? We must follow the example of Turkey and take broadcasters of detrimental cartoons off the air. Future generations need to be free to grow up unabated from the tyrannical thumb of cartoonic oppression.
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