Monday, April 8, 2013

Effects Of Cartoons On The Daily Life Of Children

Who can forget watching Looney Toons or Tom and Jerry on mornings? Cartoons have changed drastically over the years but have their lasting effects on children.  Typically, children begin watching cartoons on television at an early age of six months, and by the age of two or three children become enthusiastic viewers.  This has become a problem because too many children around the world are becoming addictive to television and the shows that have been watching have become violent.  Violence on TV is an issue which has recently been growing in importance. These days it is extremely like difficult to find a TV channel that is 100% children friendly. Most channels have children’s programs mixed with commercials or movie previews that are inappropriate for children to view.

But it’s not that cartoons have only negative impacts on children. Cartoons are the central focus of many children's lives that parents manipulatively use to help keep the children occupied while they are busy with their office schedules. Many parents also express satisfaction with the educational benefits of TV and how it can teach positive behaviors. Children at every age learn a variety of things easily by watching educational cartoon films. Infants and toddlers start learning different words, and their meanings. Also, cartoons have a tremendous impact in improving the cognitive aspects among young children. Children become more creative by watching cartoon films. They try to do things in different ways so their imagination and creativity is enhanced. When parents buy different storybooks, watch different cartoons and children programs with their children or let their children to cinemas for watching movies.

When we are born we have the capacity for motivation, experience, and training, and because of this our minds are very impressionable.

Therefore, our brains’ development is a dynamic mix of nature and nurture, so it is important to choose a healthy environment for all children. It is good to know that the leaders of our medical professions feel that parents and supervisors of children are able to help slow the information down, and explain what the messages really mean, so as to have a more positive effect on our children. Watching cartoons is already a habit for most children, and it will be a part of their lives. Parents should think about how to prevent their children from the bad effects of cartoons. First of all, parents should spend time with their kids as much as they can. If they do not have enough time to spend with their children, they should know that what kind of cartoons their children can be allowed to watch every day.

Negative effects of cartoons on children

Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary action to some lives.  Typically, children begin watching cartoons on television at an early age of six months, and by the age two or three children become enthusiastic viewers.  This has become a problem because too many children are watching too much television and the shows that they are watching cartoons have become violent and addictive.  The Children who watch too much cartoons on television are more likely to have mental and emotional problems, along with brain and eye injuries and unexpectedly the risk of a physical problem increases.

·         According to a report titled "The Effects of Cartoon Characters as Motivators of Preschool Disadvantaged Children," cartoon characters stimulate interpersonal behavior, learning and social growth. Children associate with cartoon characters more readily than adults in many cases and tend to retain the lessons imparted more readily. If a cartoon character conveys an educational or moral lesson, then it can help speed up the learning process in children.
·         Many cartoons depict scenes of violence or danger, yet whitewash the effects of that violence. For instance, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle may beat up a bad guy in one scene, only to see that bad guy appear unharmed in the next scene. Without proper lessons to counterbalance those effects, children may grow up aggressive and eager to engage in violence -- unaware that the real world contains far more consequences than what a TV show depicts.
Role Models
·         Because children identify readily with cartoon characters, such characters can be positive role models that encourage good moral behavior. Superman, for example, is honest and brave, constantly standing up for the rights of others. The characters in the "Toy Story" movies move heaven and earth for their friends, while Jimmy Neutron demonstrates the value of studying and intelligence. Even Popeye, who lives in a world where violence solves problems, can encourage children to eat their spinach.
Health Problems
·         Children who spend inordinate amounts of time in front of the television don't always get as much exercise as they should and thus are more likely to be overweight. Furthermore, reports from Bowling Green State University cite a detrimental effect on the brains of children who watch too many cartoons, including children developing attention deficit disorder and, in one infamous case of the "Pokemon" show in Japan, seizures. Regardless of the effects, children must have a balanced lifestyle that includes exercise and outdoor activity.

The Effects of Cartoon Violence on Children's Behavior

Child is like a white paper, which you can draw on it his personality and behavior. A child is accepting any outer influence and information affecting his character in the future. Since any behavior or action the child sees may affect his personality, grownups must be carful with what the children watch, especially on television. Television is what attracts the children most, and shapes their behaviors. Usually most of the shows that children from the age 6 months till 3 years watch are cartoons, and that is why parents should be totally aware of the type of the cartoons their children are watching. Unfortunately, some of the cartoon movies and episodes have violent figures, but parents do not always look for the violent cartoons as bad thing. In fact, violent cartoons have a huge negative effect on the children’s personalities and behaviors, and in some cases they put the children’s lives in to risk.

Violent cartoons affect children’s behavior negatively, as the children watch the cartoons on the television and they see material that is not appropriate for their age. The Children who watch violent cartoons on television are more likely to have mental and emotional problems, and unexpectedly the risk of a physical problem increases. In year 2000, a report on teenager violence, the U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher stated that children behave more aggressively, because they frequently watch cartoons that contain violence in it. Research states that children spend thirteen thousand hours (13000) at school from the time they start going to it till they graduate, and they spend nearly eighteen thousand hours (18000) watching television from the time they start school till they graduate. Comparing the two numbers of hours shows how the children spend a lot of time watching television, which make the parents must pay more attention for what their children watching, so that it do not negatively affect the children’s emotions and their sense to feel pain.



The positive impact of cartoons on children literacy

THE IMPACT OF CARTOONS ON CHILD LITERACY Child literacy is one of the main priorities of both federal and private organizations around the world. Literacy among children holistically involved the ability to use language for communication and interaction with other people . Communication may be in the form of reading and /or writing. Such capability in every individual is important for daily social living, since language is the prime tool for an understanding between two minds. Studies have shown that literacy influence an individual's future , because it plays a major role in an individual 's employment and opportunity for personal and professional development through basic and higher education . Literacy also influences the economic status of a country because citizens better understand the relationships between industry and commercialization The health condition of a country has also been observed to be positively correlated with literacy rates because individuals are generally taught of the principles of personal hygiene and healthy living through communication in schools through health and science subjects , and in communities through the use of health-related flyers leaflets and brochures
Literacy among children is continuously being evaluated among children and in the recent years , cartoons have been identified as a possible tool that may be employed to promote child literacy . Cartoons have been traditionally considered as a form of entertainment and have long been enjoyed by children. Cartoons are diagrammatic portrayals of stories or issues that the cartoonist wants to express. Currently, cartoons are considered as a tool for visual literacy or the learning through vision of actions, objects and symbols (Fransecky and Debes , 1972 . Cartoons serve as a means of communication that involve both language and drawings that were meant to convey a certain message to its readers
The possibility of using cartoons in promoting child literacy is currently being investigated around the world. Cartoons may possibly serve as an alternative way to educate children because such type of drawings inherently includes some sense of humor , which is essential to a child 's learning and development . It has been determined that teaching students using an extremely serious attitude generally results in students that are tense and intimidated (Flannery , 1993 . Cartoons usually present stories and concepts in a happy tone , unless necessary that certain sections of a cartoon show some melancholy situations , and this setting lightens up and brightens almost any or concept that it presented to a student . More importantly, the inherent feature of humor in cartoons facilitates child literacy by attracting students to have confidence in tackling difficult subjects such as science and math (Ulloth , 2002 . It has been determined that humor itself , presented singly or in combination with drawings such that in found in cartoons abolishes the gap between the teacher and the student and promotes cooperation between the two parties (Flowers , 2001
It has been observed that students enjoy learning almost any subject if presented through the use of cartoons (Rule and Auge , 2005 . The enjoyment among students is represented by their enthusiasm during class...

Sunday, April 7, 2013


I have chosen the topic impact of cartoons on children. Today’s children are very much influenced by animated movies and my blog will help other people in understanding their impact. Today's cartoons serve as entertainment, comic relief, a proven learning medium, and the continued stimulation of the imagination. Cartoon Channels are an important outlet for many of the world's artists and writers to share their work and talent.