Children and Cartoons

1998 Words Sep 17th, 2012 8 Pages
Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary force in their 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 (even if they are cartoons) have become violent and addictive.
The marketing of cartoons has become overpowering and so has the subliminal messaging.
The marketing is targeted toward the children to cause them to want to view the cartoons on a regular basis, but the subliminal messaging is for the adults’ to target them into enjoying the
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It is common to see young boys pretending to shoot one another, while jumping on the couch and hiding in closets as a sort of make-believe fort.
But parents say that children are learning these behaviors from cartoons and imitating them.
Others however, disagree, they say that violence in cartoons does not effect children and that children need this world of fantasy in their lives.
They say that children would show these same behaviors regardless of the content of the cartoons they watch.
While adults can watch violence on TV and understand that it is not real, children on the other hand have difficulty differentiating the between what is real and what is make believe.

These cartoons will greatly affect these children's behavior in growing up.
Violence is a learned behavior and therefore children need to see violence in order to become violent themselves . If a child is viewing their favorite character hitting, kicking, and beating up the "bad guys" a child will learn these behaviors too.
And because most of these cartoons do not show any consequences for these behaviors and in a sense glorify violence, children think that this is an acceptable form of problem solving .
Children also experience other negative effects from viewing these violent cartoons such as, increased anxiety, antisocial behaviors, and nightmares containing TV characters.

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