After the episode on TV (or VHS) was over, I used to play with these toys imagining how Man-at-Arms fights against Skeleton and destroys his army, or how villain Hordak attacks Castle Grayskull on the planet Eternia. However, this does not mean that they are always good for us. Therefore, it might be useful to check out the “dark side” of this illustrated visual art, as some define cartoons. Throwing a grand piano on someone’s head, gunshots, explosives in someone’s hand or mouth, and the loud explosion that follows, all of these are subliminal or quite direct messages depicting violence that flow into children’s minds.
Many Saturday and Sunday mornings I also spent watching Disney animated feature films, like Beauty and the Beast (a monster winning heart of a beauty after so many troubles), The Sword in the Stone (battle of wizards), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (I have always feared this ugly evil witch and her poisonous apple might go after me while sleeping). Leonardo, one of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the blue one), viciously beats up and destroys the army of evil Krang. Kids absorb these scenes like a sponge and accept violence as something quite normal and common.
Directly, cartoons can affect how children think and act; additionally, this leads to the indirect effect of children physically hurting one another.
Children daily see hundreds of violent acts on television.
Contrary to that, the creators are making money and are well off.
If Ellison does not want her own child watching certain cartoons, she should take the initiative to make it her own challenge to monitor what her child watches.While watching cartoons, children often identify themselves with the characters.However, the problem is that these characters are usually inappropriate for any identification, since they are too aggressive, or have supernatural powers: they can fly, shoot spider web from the wrist, jump from the top of a skyscraper on the buildings nearby, throw a lightning bolt, run faster than the wind, fall from the 10th floor and stay unharmed, beat 15 criminals single-handedly, and similar.The result: broken arms and legs everywhere, smacked faces, ruined buildings, total destruction…Remember Tom and Jerry? Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see.Well, they fight and chase each other all the time, seeking some sort of revenge. Experts from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) say that kids who watch cartoons full of violence tend to be nervous, aggressive and disobedient. There are three main effects of cartoons that concern violence on children: On the internet you can find many other studies regarding this issue.After detailed research it was found the seizures were caused by flashing red and blue lights which appeared in 38th episode of Pokémon, which children watched that night.The episode was never commercially released or re-broadcast anywhere in the world, as it was banned by the Japanese government. For example, it is obvious that there is nothing good in sitting all day in front of the TV, watching cartoons.One of them is the study of scientist from Iowa State University.They found that animated shows aimed at youngsters often have more brutality than programmes broadcast for general audiences. The original name of the cartoon was Pocket Monsters. Each episode of the cartoon is a special adventure of the main hero Ash Ketchum who fights against other trainers.Just as Ellison should take on this challenge, other parents throughout the country should as well. As statistics show, the average child in the United States watches 25 hours of television each week with an additional amount of seven hours of computer games per week (“Facts and TV” 3).Certainly, that goes to show kids often spend much of their day watching television.