And Conservative ChristiansThe views of Plato back in Ancient Greece and that of conservativeChristians today about education for children have surprisingly similar views.
Plato thought it to be most beneficial for children, if their learning consistedof music and poetry to shape the soul, and of physical training to shape thebody. However, only stories that were fine and beautiful should be selected.
Stories that co ained falsehoods should be banned along with passages that teachfear of death. The teaching should be done in moderation, only the good endingsshould be taught and only good deeds of heroes should be told.
ConservativeChristians today believe in many of the same ideas as Plato. Instead of musicand poetry to shape the soul, the Bible should be the primary learning tool.
Only shows that are non-secular and do not contain references to evolutionshould be allowed for children to watch. Shows that portray death to childrenshould be monitored by parents. At the heart of these ideas, is the concern withcartoons and the effect they have on young children.
This way of thinking doesmore harm to children then it does to protect them. By shielding them from whatactually goes on in this world, i.e. death, sex and non religious views, you aresetting them up for a harder time of understanding these concept when they arefaced with them in real life. Cartoons can be a wonderful way of exposingchildren to the evils of this world in a less harmful way. Children are able torelate to cartoons in a special way that we as adults are unable to do. Becauseof the young age of the children in question, eir innocence is not lost andcartoons have a magical way of relating issues on a program to those that areprevalent in real life. Take for instance the idea of death that is seen inThe Lion King or Bambi. This is the perfect segway for parents tostart to teach their children about death. This allows children to see death ina non-realistic way and also gives them the curi ity to ask their parents aboutit. Parents should not shy away from a subject like this. Death is such a partof life that it needs to be explained to children at the earliest possible timethat they are able to comprehend it in just the least. Just ink how much moredifficult it would be trying to explain to a five year old that his mother hasdied, if you as a parent have never even mentioned the notion of death and whatit entails to that child. That child would have such more difficulty undersnding that his mother is never coming back if he had been shielded from everseeing death. There is the argument that you should protect a childsinnocence for as long as possible because once its gone it will never return.
There is merit in this argument. However, you have to make the decision onwhether you want protect a child for a couple of more years, or explain to themthe trials of life and in doing so, making it easier for them to comprehend thisworld when they are older. A child that never learns about death, will never beable to embrace it and to realize that death is not an ending but a newbeginning. Everyone is going to experience death at some point in there life andby learning at a young age what death actuall entails will make it easier forthat child when faced with the situation. Cartoons are given too much credit forshaping the way that young children think and behave. Adults are giving cartoonsthis credit because they can look at them and see subtleties because they areolder and have so much more education. Children on the other hand are watchingthese cartoons solely as entertainment. They are not comprehending anyunderlining political or social message these cartoons may be conveying. Ifthere are any political or social messages contained in cartoons, then they eintended for adults and will only be understood by adults. This also can beapplied to the issues regarding death, sex, and violence in cartoons. A goodmajority of children dont watch cartoons to learn, but rather as a form ofentertainment. Violence that is seen in cartoons by children is very rarely, ifer emulated by them. If it is in fact emulated by children, it is the fault ofthe parents and not the cartoons themselves. Parents are responsible forteaching their children what is real and what is fiction. Parents that relyheavily on cartoons as “babysitter” for their children and do not take thetime to talk and educate their children are why children sometimes mimic what isseen in cartoons. Adults, and in particular conservative Christians are the onesto blame for the beliefs that cartoons are harmful and inappropriate for youngchildren. Take for instance the controversy surrounding Disney cartoons.
Conservatives have said that the proportion between the breast size and waistsize of Disneys female characters is too out of proportion and that Disneyis deliberately creating these characters to be sexy. Because of this,conservatives have called for a boycott of Disney cartoons cause they portraythe wrong message to our children. Children are not worried about trivialitieslike this. They are watching these cartoons purely for entertainment. Adultsread too far into situations like this. The children do not even notice th gslike that. And if they dont even notice it, then these adults are using theexcuse that it is harmful to our children to benefit their own position. Thereis a growing debate on whether certain cartoons are appropriate for youngchildren. Not all cartoons are acceptable for children. However, not allcartoons are intended for children and are geared more for adolescents. Thesecartoons, such as, South Park and The Simpsons, should not becondemned because their target audience is not young children but rather youngadults. These shows should be treated like other shows which are intended foryoung adults. Just because they are in anim ed format, does not necessarily meanthat they are intended for children. Adults need to realize this and to stopunnecesaringly branding these cartoons. As for the fact that some cartoons areinappropriate for young children and yet the children are still being exposed tothem is not the fault of the cartoons directly but that of their parents. If theparents deem certain cartoons to be inappropriate r their children then it istheir responsibility to make sure their children do not watch those shows. Ifparents are around early in their childrens life to educate them aboutwhat is real and what is entailed in life, then the problems with cartoons isvirtually eliminated. The reason that parents have a problem with what isdepicted in cartoons, i because they are too busy to deal with the issues thatare portrayed in cartoons and they feel that cartoons is not the place for theirchildren to learn about the perils of life. If parents would just take toinitiative to explain to their children ab t what they are watching in thesecartoons, then parents would be a lot more comfortable in allowing theirchildren to watch them. Cartoons can not be expected to eliminate every subjectthat certain adults or organizations deem to be offensive or controversial. Ifthis was to happen, then children would receive a diluted and false sense ofwhat this world is actually about. By xposing them to nothing offensive orcontroversial by way of cartoons would be detrimental to childrens growthand development. By shielding children of the ways of the world, which includesdeath and violence, they will be ill-prepared to face the ac alities of ourworld when they need to. The violence that is seen in cartoons can be a goodlearning tool to show children on how they are not supposed to behave. Theviolence that is portrayed in cartoons in purely fiction and even the youngestof children can separate the fact that what they are watching in these cartoonsis pretend. No child is ever going to believe that he can freeze someone with anice gun like some cartoon character did. Adults in todays world grew up withviolence in cartoons and it is doubtful that any adult could honestly say thatthe violence they saw in cartoons as a child geared them to violent adults. Anif the biggest argument against violence in cartoons is that it give childrennightmares then you have to realize that nightmares are a part of growing up andwill happen with or without the effect of cartoons. Cartoons should not be theprimary form in educating children. It should be used as a supplement. It is asupplement that children can easily relate issues in cartoons to those of thereal world. Parents and teachers need to educate children. If a c ld is learningtoo much from what he/she sees in cartoons, then it is the fault of the parentsfor not spending the time needed to insure that their child knows what isactually being said and depicted in the cartoons. By trying to shield childrenfrom the death and violence that is seen on cartoons is not going to stop themfrom experiencing death or from being violent. Those two things are a part oflife. If this is the objective behind the argument that cartoons e detrimentalto our childrens development then you have to ask yourself how people becameviolent or learned about death before cartoons were around to help in theexplanation.
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