Children of today are exposed to violence every single day, be it in the home, on the streets, on the TV, in the newspaper, or in the movies. This is a kind of a malady of the modern world, unfortunately. Toddlers are generally engrossed by television cartoons, some of which do carry disturbing humor and violent action’s and messages. Many of us parents end up making the kids sit glued to television sets so that we can attend to some other things.
This frequent television watching generally involves cartoons, and today, many cartoons are mills of violence. Many children are very attached to violent cartoons. In fact, if you’d ask any kid, he will surely be able to tell you something about his favorite cartoon character- ranging from action heroes and super villains to simple and innocent cartoon characters. However, children who watch too much of violence on TV can are very likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, says a research.
- Children and Violent Cartoons
- What Are The Effects Of Violent Cartoons On Children?
- What Should You Do As A Parent?
- When Violent Cartoons Affect Children
- Violent Cartoons and Toddlers
- Child Abuse
Children and Violent Cartoons
Many of us grew up watching “Tom and Jerry” and “The Road Runner” shows. These cartoons too had violent scenes, but not blood spluttering or chopping or destruction. Their violence was comedic. Compare the scenes of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, or “X-Men” – which are platforms for non-comedic violence and thus impacts children in a negative way. Any exposure towards violence, even in the so-presumed comical way, can have many negative psychological effects on a child. Ideally, a child’s world should be devoid of any trace of unrest. The modern world is uncivilized in many ways, and your child’s impressionable mind can easily take on the cues of aggressiveness and anxiety, perhaps smaller in measurement, but pretty significant. The impacts are more severe on boys, since they love to watch action and are hardwired to imbibe the same.
What Are The Effects Of Violent Cartoons On Children?
Many researches and studies have been conducted on the subject, and the negative effects of violent cartoons on children has been summarized as below-
- Increased aggression and destructive behavior: A child may become hyperactive and show aggression and may even start breaking toys or other things to express displeasure
- He may want to do it by himself: By law, all such programs carry the statutory “D not try this at home” warning, but heck, many children, especially boys, seem to break into fights and play rough if they watch violent cartoons
- The child may feel it’s a mean world outside: Of course, when everyone wants to kill, lie, steal, it is a mean world outside. Such an attitude can prove disastrous for your little one’s future
- Densensitization: Research proves that children who are exposed to violence become unsympathetic towards victims of violence and felt very little to no psychological need to respond when caught between violent acts of someone else. They become unsympathetic, silent spectators to violence
- Increase in stubbornness: Man children exhibit painful stubbornness as a result of watching violence. They even begin to identify themselves with characters and start behaving like them
What Should You Do As A Parent?
Parents have to be very cautious in helping the child adjust with the stress of survival from such an early age. Indeed, when a teenager shoots his enemies in a video game, or watches violent cartoons dealing with the theme of death, ‘survival’ is not an irrelevant term here! Please consider the following suggestions very seriously. You may not be aware of it, but your young son or daughter may be dealing with a very dark depression all alone.
When Violent Cartoons Affect Children
- Do not try to detach the child forcibly from the violent cartoons without addressing the inherent concern. The suppressed emotion will try to find another vent until you heal it lovingly. Talk to your child like a friend. The best way is to watch the cartoon with your child. Ask about his or her favorite character. Study this character and you can have very deep insights into your child’s mind
- Talk to your child. Do not assume that you know everything about the life of your young one. Earn the trust of your little one through love and care
- Do not panic that your child has a mental disorder if he/she shows signs of anger or stubbornness. It is definitely unadvisable to riddle young children with psychotropic mental drugs. If you are consulting a counselor, make sure the sessions are drug-free.
- Completely avoid domestic violence. Mothers may have to take tough decisions because in most cases the quick temper of the father causes the problem. However, the mother also has to be careful in not channelizing her personal stress on the child
- Help your child to relax and be happy. Spend quality time with children. Take your child to vacations, watch good children’s movies together, create new things, and help with homework among other activities
- Wean your child effectively and gradually by introducing him to better forms of entertainment like crafts (MAD) or other educative programs
- Cut down on his TV hours, remember, TV is not your baby sitter
Violent Cartoons and Toddlers
Toddlers are very much impressionable and associate cartoon characters with idealism. They tend to retain the lessons the cartoon is implying. If the lesson is moral, education of a toddler becomes easier, but if the cartoon displays emotions of violence, the same will be reflected in the toddler’s behavior as well. There is a good chance that a tot who watches anger and violence on TV can will take aggressive behavior as normal and will certainly impact his personal behavior.
Another very grim fact must be taken into attention. Very sadly, child abuse is common nowadays. Many children have to bear the burdens of an intense nightmare at very young ages. Trying to find a vent to all these unknown emotions, the helpless young ones attach to the world of violent video games and cartoons. None of these is desirable for the flag bearers of the future!
But I Spend So Much On My Child!
The amount of money you spend on your child does not matter anything at all really. You can hire the best tutors with a lot of money and admit him to a good school. However, as long as you spend personal quality time, none of these expenditures matter. Your child is never an investment issue! Get money out of your head when you interact with a child.