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  1. 1. Drayenko Marin4/2/12Dr. Myers Positive Effects of Cartoons on Childs and Teenagers As they grow up, most, if not all kids watch cartoons, because cartoons are supposed tobe for kids and it entertains them while keeping them calm, that is probably the main reason whyparents make their kids watch T.V. What I want to talk about in this paper, is how can cartoonsaffect kids and teenagers in their life’s, and I would like to include Animes on this too, becausemany people have different opinions on them that I don’t necessarily agree with. To begin,“Anime” is the word used for Japanese cartoons, or animation if you will. They tend to be basedoff a “Manga”, which are the Japanese comics, and tend to be stories told in a chronologicalorder, unlike American cartoons, you can’t just watch a random episode and know what exactlyis going on, you should start from the beginning and get into the story. There are many Animesand there are many types of them, varying from kid Animes, to mature Animes, which have adeeper plot and meaning to it, of course. Many people think that all of them are in fact for kids,and don’t have much influence in how it affects kids, “it’s just a cartoon” is a common phraseused by people, but they lack the ability to see than in fact, Animes are a great source ofinspiration, camaraderie and many other things I hope to discuss here. I have been watching Anime and reading Manga for a GREAT part of my life, and I havelearned many things from them, specially manga, which is like reading a books but with Marin 1
  2. 2. drawings that express the writers idea how they want it to be seen. Normally people would sayI’m immature, that I need to grow up, and things like that, I don’t really pay much attention tothese commentaries, but just think to myself, “They just don’t know it”. We all know that mostpeople tend to judge things by “how they look” without giving it a try and trying to look deep onthem. Just because they heard from someone, or somewhere that it is for kids, they take it as if itwas the final decision and label it as that, “something for kids” that just doesn’t matter and can’tadd much to somebody’s life. Cartoons can be used in a different variety of ways which you may not even have thoughtof! For example, in the article, written by MacGillivray, Ian K., “Using Cartoons to TeachStudents about Stereotypes and Discrimination: One Teachers Lessons from South Park”,MacGillivray is trying to get a point across about discrimination, and in the presentation used forthese purpose, MacGilliray uses animated cartoons to get the what he is trying to address to theaudience, which, if you look at it with an open perspective, is a such a great idea because it canentertain while transmitting the message MacGilliray is trying to explain. “Learning and intelligence [are] cool, while egotistical and rude behavior is notrewarded, and the cartoon also provides lessons on geography and the cultures of othernations,” (MacGillivray). This article is a clear example of how to use cartoons in positive waysfor the development of kids, and people in general, while having some kind of entertainmentwhile doing it. Not everybody, of course, share the same thought that the things cartoons can offer arepositive for the development of kids and teenagers, in the article written by Laura Clark, entitled“Cartoon violence makes children more aggressive”, Clark talks about how the violence Marin 2
  3. 3. expressed by characters of cartoons series can cause children to become, in fact, more violent,and she backs up her statements with “research” results. “Results indicated that there are higher levels of physical aggression in childrensprograms than in programs for general audiences,” (Clark). The message presented in thisarticle, is quite the opposite of what the truth really is, while it does state a good point, you haveto take into account that it isn’t necessarily something exclusively to cartoons. If your kids watchsomething violent they will definitely be affected by it, but these doesn’t apply only andexclusively to cartoons, the same principle applies to movies, video games, and everything ingeneral. And reinforce the main idea; can show like Scooby-Doo or Pokémon (as stated in thearticle) really incite violence? There are more things to those shows than “violence”, they havecamaraderie, achieving goals and a diversity of themes, more than just violence, which is verylimited. By watching Scooby-Doo you can discover mysteries and reinforce a different way ofthinking, and that wouldn’t be the only show to provide these wonderful things; a good examplewould the Anime Case Closed, where the main character is a detective, and has to solve differentcases, in which you definitely get involved and are forced to think outside the box to try andsolve them. Going back to the positive side, there is a blog post written by Roy Perrin, on the HubPages, entitled “Connecting with My Kids”, Perrin talks about how you can use the T.V, toconnect with your kids. Perrin realizes that watching cartoons and animated movies, is a reallygood way to spend time with your children, and opens the possibility to share and also connectwith them. Perrin says he started sharing with his kid’s about what he used to watch as a kid. Marin 3
  4. 4. “They got excited and asked more and more questions about what they used to watch anddo. I had an opportunity to connect with my kids about part of their past that weshared.”(Perrin). Perrin is definitely giving feedback to cartoons, and the opportunity theycreate for sharing with his kids, because it makes them feel like you have something in commonand you can create a friendship with them, which makes everything easier and nicer. And that’s not everything there is to what cartoons can provide in kids life’s, there is aninteresting article, written by Heidi Evans, entitled “Could cartoons on food help children eathealthier?” in which Evans talks on how cartoon characters can affect, or better said, helpparents giving their children the proper food they need to be getting. The article explains how asimple sticker on the food form their favorite character can encourage them to pick it oversomething else. They made a study with kids, where they would put stickers of their favoritecharacters on different foods, to test what their reactions would be to this type of situation. “At the end of the hour-long session, one group of kids is given 24 small plasticcontainers of fresh fruit or a vegetable to take home - each with a picture of their favorite TVcharacter”(Evans). It might actually seem like a simple idea, but as we can see in the results, itactually works for kids, while it encourages them to pick different kinds of food, all of this justfor using a little sticker, isn’t that fascinating? And this way they can surely grow up beinghealthy due to the food they eat, with just a simple strategy they won’t even notice until theygrow up – by the time that happens, they won’t even care. Cartoons can also come in handy in the medicine department. There is a news story,which is entitled “Cartoons help calm children before surgery”. In this news story, we are toldhow cartoons can calm kids before doctors perform surgery; this is a really useful thing. The Marin 4
  5. 5. doctors say that this way they can gain the trust of the patient and it becomes much easier toperform the surgery afterwards. “It’s stressful for them and becomes stressful for their parentsbut the DVDs allow them to focus on something different.” Dr. Jephcott says (Peek). It’s amazinghow it can make the job of a doctor a little easier, so that they can work in a more relaxed mood. Talking with my experience, I can definitely say that cartoons can bring good things tolife. I have a little sister, and I am a huge fan of Anime, so because she looks up to me, she ofcourse likes watching Anime with me. This is an amazing way for me to share with her and talk;we always watch an episode or two of anything I’m watching at the time, mostly Dragon Ball,though, and have something to talk about and being with each other becomes much more naturaland nicer. To conclude, clearly my view on the topic is that I believe cartoons can be really positivefor kids, teenagers, and everybody in general, but specially for kids because they are starting tolive and can learn many different things while having fun and enjoying watching their favoritecharacters. It also opens up an opportunity for parents to connect and share some time with them,creating a trust circle. Giving them a try won’t kill you, so why not do it? Marin 5
  6. 6. Works CitedClark, Laura. “Cartoon violence makes children more aggressive”. Mail Online. 5 Mar. 2009. Web.Evans, Heidi. “Could cartoons on food help children eat healthier?”. Daily News. 11 Mar. 2011. Web.MacGillivray, Ian K. "Using Cartoons To Teach Students About Stereotypes And Discrimination: One Teachers Lessons From South Park." Journal Of Curriculum & Pedagogy 2.1 (2005): 133-147. Education Research Complete. Web. 11 Apr. 2012.Peek, Ashleigh. “Cartoons help calm children before surgery”. Waikato DHB. N/a. Web.Perrin, Roy. “Connecting With My Kids”. The Hub Pages. Paul Deeds. Sep. 2011. Web. 4 Apr. 2012. Marin 6