Have you ever met any children who do not like cartoons? Or have you ever seen any children who refuse to watch cartoon? This situations are mostly impossible under normal circumstances. It’s obvious that today’s children are, mostly unconsciously, exposed to television which is one of the most fashionable inventions of the 20th century. In this composition, I will mention the basic reasons for children’s watching cartoons so much and the effects of these cartoons on them.
First of all, the basic reason for children’s watching cartoons is that cartoons respond to the children’s need and tendency to activeness. Mostly the children under the age of seven are so much interested in cartoons. They firstly watch cartoons and then imitate them, which is a crucial point to think on. For instance, there are of course some of us who have witnessed or heard about one or two children who cry in the street like these ‘I am the king of the forests, Tarzan.’, ‘By the power of the grayskull, I’ve power.’, or ‘ Atomic ant is cominggg:).’ All of these slogans are results of the cartoons they watch in tv. The children are prone to take cartoons as their models and to reflect the characters in their daily games.
Secondly, we cannot disregard the notion that the children under the age of seven, still think that whatever happens in cartoons are all real and they can do everything that the characters in cartoons do. For example, if we think about a five or six years old children, it’s probable that they can jump from the roofs to fly, climb on the walls like spiderman, talk to their toys or to feed them as if they are alive. This actually nonexistent reality in cartoons is what lead the children to all these dangerous deeds.
Thirdly, it’s crucial to signify that everything that children learn till they are nine or ten, will be base for their later lives. In this aspect, parents have to be careful about their children’s cartoons. They must not think that ‘cartoons are tv programmes that are prepared for children, so they can watch which cartoons they want.’ On the contrary, parents should choose the most beneficial cartoons that will not only entertain the children but also give appropriate messages to them. Otherwise, it’s most probable that some fantastic cartoons can give permanents harms to the mental health of the children.
However, there are at the same time beneficial cartoons such as Heidi, Pollyanna, Pinocchio, Alice in Wanderland etc. All these cartoons are adaptations from children’s classics which aim to develop children mentally. We have indicated that children tend to imitate whatever they see in cartoons. The reason for their imitation is that children are unable to see or realise the difference between fact and fantasy, right and wrong. As all of us can guess, this is a very risky situation not only for mental development of the children but also for their perceptions in all aspects. For instance, these imitator children most probably have difficulty in comprehending the subjects at school. As s/he is accustomed to believing in everything in fantastic cartoons, he is now a dreamer and unable to gain the discipline for studying.
To conclude, it’s extremely significant that parents should follow what kind of cartoons their children watch. They must be careful about choosing cartoons for their children. It’s a compulsory duty of parents to choose cartoons that are prepared by pedagogists and real cartoon producers, which is, I think, the safest way to protect the children from the possible harms of the cartoons.
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