Cartoons – Are they doing any good to our kids?

Cartoons – Are they doing any good to our kids?

Cartoons - Are they doing any good to our kids

Chhota Bheem, Kris, Mighty Raju, Ben 10, Pokemon, Doraemon, Kisna & Tom & Jerry – these have become more than just cartoon characters today. They have become a common household names; we are literally living with these characters day and night. Kids get up with Chamki of Chamki ki Duniya, a famous cartoon character. In our childhood days, the moment we wake up in the morning, we would run towards the window, pull up the curtains and look out for the beautiful birds chirping outside, the people bustling on the street or the vehicles passing by our house. We hate to admit it, but the fact remains that our kids are lost in the world of cartoon shows.

Three year old Lehar Katara spends 2-3 hours everyday watching her favourite cartoon shows. She was particularly attracted towards Doraemon, the Japanese Robotic cat. The particular characteristic trait of this cartoon character is it moans and makes weird sounds. Lehar too did the same, her family members were annoyed looking at this. The initial attempts of her parents proved futile. Slowly, they drew her attention towards other cartoon characters, particularly, the Indian ones, which are totally cool, friendly and funny too! The transition was definitely not easy, but their efforts were rightly paid. Thereon, TV time became fun times too! Where both the parents and kids could happily enjoy.

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Consulting psychiatrist, Dr.Neeraj Ravani from Lakshadeep Hospital said, “It is not unusual for children to have a role model. But parents need to ensure that the role model reflects good values and behavior.” Every single word is so true. Some parents opt for the extreme option- a total ban on cartoon shows. This might not work in your favour; as there is a high probability of the child to turn aggressive & rebellious. They could make desperate attempts to somehow watch the cartoon shows at friend’s place or on mobile/tablet in secrecy. Therefore, the need of the hour is monitoring but not micro-managing the amount of time the children spent on watching their favourite cartoon shows.  It is totally unfair on the parent’s part to completely cut off the cartoons; we have to move with the trend. But, when to pull the strings should be totally in our hands.

Spending time with the child and patiently explaining them both the good and bad aspects of particular cartoon shows makes a positive impact on the child’s mind. Then the child is bound to make the correct choice, much to the satisfaction of the parents too.

Some cartoon characters are incorporated to imbibe certain values or teachings in children. They have hidden messages in every episode. One such cartoon show is Chhota Bheem which is aired round the clock on Pogo channel. Chhota Bheem is an epitome of bravery, truth, hard work, loyalty and true friendship. Parents  are a little concerned about its round the clock airing on Pogo, but its various characters are sure to make you roll with laughter as well as make you think and act good as well.

In our times we used to enjoy the Roadrunner Show, The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse & Tom & Jerry, which was my personal favourite. These cartoon shows were absolute fun – just pure comedy.  Nowadays cartoon shows have gone one step further, of course, few of them in the good direction. They intend to teach good values and behavior to the future flag bearers of India.

Tom & Jerry

Not all cartoons are meant for kids – have we ever thought about this? We as parents assume that all cartoons – simply because they are animated – are OK for kids.  Wait a minute parents, the fact is that, they often aren’t though. Your child might find it very funny and interesting too, but the content may not be appropriate for children – the content might be meant for adults or the comedy could be adult rated comedy.

In this scenario, it becomes increasingly important before parents introduce their kids to certain cartoon shows after prior thorough research.

  • One of the most effective methods could be watch the show yourself before introducing it to your child.
  • Observation of how the characters speak to each other and their body language could be an important yardsticks to judge a cartoon show.

Once you are convinced of a particular cartoon show, you can give a thumbs up to your child as well. This creates a comfortable atmosphere where the family can be care-free and share some laughs together.

Cartoons aren’t just about entertainment alone. Cartoons for pre-schoolers such as Nick Jr. “Dora the Explorer”, encourages the kids to improve their maths and reading skills. Mickey Mouse in English on Disney Channel also is a great hit among kids where the child’s vocabulary skills enhance. Kids right from the age of 2 can be introduced to this channel, and you could see the ways in which they pick up the concepts on pollution, environment, seasons, etc. since the language is so simple and effective.

Another such show aired on Disney Channel is Art Attack. They teach lovely things that could be made out of waste. So they promote the concept of “Best From Waste”. A must watch for the little artist in every child! Discovery Kids is one such educative channel where the kids become aware about many things happening around them. It acts as a guide for the young explorers of tomorrow.

Kisna the Indian cartoon character enacts the life of Krishna, one of the greatest mythological character of the Hindus. Each episode is an enactment of the life of Krishna and the eventful happenings that made him tough, charismatic and smart too. These events are depicted as per the mythological records, which means they are based on true stories.

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Another show which is a great hit with the kids is ‘MAD’ show, where the host makes arts & crafts seem so easy and interesting. The presentation of the host makes it so inviting, that once the kid switches on the show, it is very difficult to take the eyes off it. These shows are totally engaging and develops the mental capacity as well as brings out the artistic skills in the child. Such shows deserve a total thumbs up for their content and quality.

With the advent of “smart television”, where one can watch movies(net flix), check out their Facebook feed & watch songs online, many children now watch educational videos on YouTube channels on television. One of the best emerging YouTube channel for children is KidzMix Flix a fun & educational YouTube Channel for kids – From all-time favourite Dinos to the Jungle Party songs & the Smurfs, your child can watch all the Grammy Award winning series now.

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We all have watched cartoons in our childhood. We would love to hear your experience – which one does your child enjoy the most & what’s your take on letting kids watch these cartoon shows. Do they do more good or more bad? 🙂

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35 Comment(s)

  • by jiya Posted July 15, 2017 11:55 am

    The views of KidsMixFlix looks nice. I will surely subscribe to the channel. You created a lovely post here.

  • by Vaidehi Posted July 15, 2017 3:13 pm

    KidsMixFlix looks interesting channel on youtube.I need to check them out.
    Thanks

  • by Prisha Lalwani Posted July 15, 2017 6:04 pm

    I have seen the KIDZMIXFLIX channel and it is indeed fantastic!! Loved it, nd it has video for people 2 to 80 years old. real fn. The Eohippus one is my favourite.

  • by Anubhuti Seth Posted July 15, 2017 11:50 pm

    For KIDZMIXFLIX , I believe my son is still small. He loves to watch Baby TV and that is his source of learning too. Doraemon is the cartoon that I personally do not prefer as I have seen a lot many kids talking in the same way and picking up more of rudeness from there.

    • by Ekta Posted July 16, 2017 11:23 pm

      Hi Anubhuti, ChuChu Tv & Baby Tv are for infants. There are some channels for older kids though.

  • by Nayantara Posted July 16, 2017 12:33 am

    I do still enjoy watching cartoons from childhood. Right now my baby is only on ChuChuTV. But cartoons like Chota Bheem I am sure I dont want him to see. Fighting and eating laddoos is not something I want to teach him. ArtAttack and Mad are good shows.

    • by Ekta Posted July 16, 2017 11:07 pm

      Hi Nayantara, ChuChu is undoubtedly one of the Top 100 YouTube channels in the world. Chota Bheem is a more traditional channel that takes inspiration from real stories of mythology, hence it has a dash of violence fighting villains.

  • by Kavita Singh Posted July 16, 2017 1:30 am

    I too love watching MAD show ??? this channels you mentioned looks really interesting…will check out soon .

    • by Ekta Posted July 16, 2017 10:55 pm

      I loved MAD even as a teenager. It’s still standing tall & strong – a favourite among the creative, inquisitive minds.

  • by Aesha Shah Posted July 16, 2017 2:16 am

    My daughter loves watching cartoons and sometimes I have to stop her as she is getting exposed to content which I feel will hamper her growth and thinking abilities. Kidsmixflix seems to be good. I will ask my daughter to watch it during her leisure time.

    • by Ekta Posted July 16, 2017 10:46 pm

      Cartoons can be very addictive. I restrict screen time to half an hour a day only! 🙂

  • by Vidhi Posted July 16, 2017 9:12 pm

    Mister Maker is a good show . It shows art and craft activities for kids. Peppa pig which is now being aired on Nick jr is good too. I particularly don’t like Hungama TV shows.

    • by Ekta Posted July 16, 2017 10:43 pm

      Hi Vidhi, I think most kids these days are crazyfans of Peppa Pig. Should check out Mister Maker 🙂

  • by Charu Sareen Gujjal Posted July 16, 2017 11:17 pm

    This looks interesting. I will surely check this channel out.

    • by Ekta Posted July 16, 2017 11:29 pm

      Let us know which ones are your kids favourite 🙂

  • by Minakshi Bajpai Posted July 16, 2017 11:17 pm

    We are lover of CHu Chu and chota bheem. Time to check KidsMixFlix. You have created a lovely post and i think everything in moderation is good.

  • by Geethica Mehra Posted July 17, 2017 8:23 am

    Hi Ekta, I also prefer Chota Bheem many times over Doraemon and Shinchain. Actually I try to engage them in other activities si that they reduce watching time. And many times it happens that they change the channel in between and explre new cartoons. Some are good like art attack and some are non sense like oggy n the cockroaches.

  • by Anchal Posted July 17, 2017 3:10 pm

    Thank you for this post. My kid is 10 months old. and I am keeping your tips in mind before I let him watch any cartoons.

    • by Ekta Posted July 17, 2017 6:44 pm

      Thanks Anchal 🙂

  • by Vasantha Vivek Posted July 17, 2017 7:26 pm

    I was also a big fan of cartoons like roadrunner, Mickey mouse and tom& Jerry. My son loves to watch Chota Been and Ben 10 now.

  • by Priyadarshani Panda Posted July 17, 2017 11:53 pm

    my baby is too young for any kind of cartons right now but will check it out for future

    • by Ekta Posted July 18, 2017 12:30 am

      My daughter is also 2 – very young for cartoons.

  • by Afsha Galar Posted July 18, 2017 1:34 am

    This looks like a great recommendation! Need to check it out soon

    • by Ekta Posted July 24, 2017 12:51 am

      Let me know how your little one likes it:)

  • by manveen Posted July 18, 2017 12:46 pm

    Pogo has always been such a hit in my home! Lovely list…

    • by Ekta Posted July 18, 2017 10:53 pm

      Pogo is an all-time hit with kids 🙂

  • by Udita Saklani Posted July 18, 2017 3:56 pm

    We love mister maker! Will check this channel for sure

    • by Ekta Posted July 18, 2017 10:49 pm

      Mister Maker seems like the hot favourtite 🙂

  • by Pranita Posted July 19, 2017 6:49 am

    My son loves watching tom and jerry with me on my laptop. Or sometimes Peppa. He Doesn’t know about cartoons much as he is just 3 yrs. Old and we don’t use TV much. We watch animated movies sometimes. I love your post. It was worth reading. Sharing it?

    • by Ekta Posted July 22, 2017 7:53 pm

      Who doesn;t love Tom & Jerry! Just love it! 🙂

    • by Ekta Posted July 24, 2017 12:43 am

      No TV is a big boon! Wish we could stick to it! 😉

  • by Pranita Posted July 25, 2017 3:42 pm

    My son enjoys watching chu-chu tv. And as of now, I show him vehicles, car making, car washing, space, planet songs, etc. Videos on youtube. We don’t watch TV at home. Although I show him animated movies on TV sometimes, which I have saved on my hard drive.

    • by Ekta Posted July 26, 2017 2:33 pm

      Space & planet is a no-mans land currently for my little one. I think she will love watching more of these after few months.

  • by Menaka Bharathi Posted July 25, 2017 3:53 pm

    Yes cartoons are addictive..My daughter watches the Chu Chu but i think i need to explore this option also

    • by Ekta Posted July 26, 2017 12:25 pm

      True. With all the action & thrill that traditional forms of education fail to deliver, watching educative entertainment on screen is becoming addictive not only for toddlers but adults as well.

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