The Toon World

I was reading an article that was published in the magazine supplement of The Indian Express, called "eye" last Sunday. The article was about how the world of "Toys" have transformed the childhood by introducing the children to the adult world at a very nascent stage. 


The article made me ponder over the fact that it is not the just the toys that have explicitly made children groom themselves like the toys but it is also the Cartoon characters that we get to see on television nowadays. The Cartoons are no longer a means of entertainment for the Children; they have been full of such high-voltage action that the children try to imitate in the normal life.


The likes of Mickey, Donald, Goofy are long gone and have taken the shape of Dragon Ball Z, Power Rangers, Ben10 etc. What baffles me all the more is that now the children are more attracted towards such action packed cartoons and do not associate themselves with cartoons ending with moral lessons anymore.


In the name of cartoons, the children are being exposed to the world of violence. They try to adopt the various acts showcased in these cartoons to their best in trying to teach a "lesson" to their enemies. 


Such scenario reflects the fact that how the parents have also not felt the urge to generate interest in the child to watch shows that would be of some knowledge and use to them. For the parents, keeping their children busy is of utmost importance than to see or keep a watch over them as to what they watch on TV.


These cartoons have removed the sheen of the outdoor games. Children stick to the television sets like glue to watch these cartoons than go out and play. 


It seems a difficult task to keep the children away from viewing content that can change their attitude towards life; however it ain't difficult to keep them busy with things that will be useful to them in their life.


I am not saying that children should not be let to watch Cartoons; however, the makers of the shows need to have it in mind as to for what age group are they designing their cartoons. Cartoons need not be only filled with action, they can be of the nature of Tom  & Jerry (one show which people from all age groups love to watch).:-)

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