Children of all ages are fond and are at times adamant to watch their favorite cartoons and animation movies. Animations and Motion pictures have become an inevitable part of their daily life. You might wonder why do kids like cartoons? What impact does a cartoon create on a child’s behavior and development?
Parents show nursery rhymes and stories available in cartoon forms, for various reasons in their child’s early development. The bright colors, mismatching shapes, funny voices, and comedic or weird character sketches with colorful attires attract the toddlers more than we know.
By watching animated tales like Frozen, Cinderella, Beauty, and the Beast, girls fantasize themselves being a princess, and boys get to imagine themselves as knights after watching Peter Pan, Aladdin, and so on.
Motion pictures now rule the television era, all thanks to the kids’ curiosity, observing things, and fast learning capability. Animated tales and cartoons can have both negative and positive influences on the cognitive development of children and their psychological behavior.
Why do kids like cartoons?
Kids like cartoons because cartoons create a fantasy world with extraordinary energy and superpower characters that kids can relate to and reverie to live. Special effects, storylines, sound effects, and technical aspects fascinate and engross them to a great extent.
Cartoons are developed to capture kids’ interest with simple fun and twists in the tale, hilarious voices, attractive colors, and life adventures. Cartoons narrate innocent stories and the victory tales of good over evil that imparts life lessons to kids.
Sound effects, songs, and futuristic environments with unrealistic visuals play a major role in attracting kids into their favorite imaginary world.
Superpowers, skills, physical appearance, and magic wand possessed characters and solving all problems by main characters in funny and tricky ways, and having a happy ending makes kids inseparable from cartoons.
A well-crafted cartoon scenario helps a child to learn positive and recoiling skills. Animated versions and tales can be an excellent entertainer and educator.
Cartoons and animated versions teach kids how to control their temperament, speak decently, help elders and the poor, listen to parents, and work with friends without jealousy. There are extremes when children get influenced the wrong way. Watching Television with parental supervision might keep the kids on the right track.
How do cartoons affect the psychological behavior of kids?
Cartoon characters and their mannerisms can diverge kids from the real world, increase the possibility of negative and aggressive behavior in them, and marginalize their cognitive mental processes.
Animated negative characters stimulate kids’ interpersonal behavior, social growth, and learning processes.
Spending long hours watching cartoons, kids gain the ability to imitate the behavior of the characters and events in real life. Children pick fights among friends in the class, one of the main reasons for their aggressive behavior could be the influence of violence based animated tales or negatively portrayed characters in cartoons.
Kids who are very engrossed in cartoons find difficulty in differentiating between reality and the fantasy world and affects their psychological development. A Child’s brain is tender during their developmental milestones, and is easily prone to form negative impressions. Parents should be selective in choosing the right shows to show.
12 Things on How cartoons positively affect children’s development:
Children who indulge in cartoons can have various positive effects on their behavior and developmental stages.
How animated visual cartoons can have a positive impact on children:
#1 Helps children to start learning early
There are educational cartoons that educate basic things like shapes, colors, alphabets, and numbers to the toddler in a simple, fun, and interactive way, making learning an enjoyable activity. Cartoon characters’ funny voices, moves, colorful visual effects, and talking pictures make learning more interesting, and attract toddlers to a great extent.
#2 Helps kids to explore and observe
Explorer cartoon characters make children curious to explore everything around their world, observe new things and the environment around them. Children try to put these fictional situations in real life and learn life the right way.
Each cartoon tale is fictional and their actions and environments are not real, but there are survival lessons hidden behind the characterization.
#3 Helps them reach their developmental milestones
Cartoons help your kids to develop cognitive skills, reasoning, and logic abilities, capture sustained and selective attention, and process auditory information.
#4 Helps children in language development
Cartoons help your children in developing linguistic ability by exposing them to different languages and cultures. When you allow kids to watch cartoons in their mother tongue, it helps them to learn and understand the language better. Cartoons improve your kid’s pronunciation and talking style.
#5 Enhances creativity and imagination
Cartoons develop their imaginative and creative knowledge, they start making up imaginative stories based on the cartoons they watch. They can even learn to make innovative art pieces when they see them being created in videos with sound effects and colors.
#6 Helps kids to maintain good health
The main motive of cartoons is to instill laughter and joy among the audience, no matter what age they are. With healthy laughing and learning, children can experience regulated blood circulation and stay active all day.
Some cartoon characters portray fitness freaks and have good physiques, which inspire kids to stay fit and cultivate good eating habits.
#7 Helpful in relieving stress
With humorous scenes, jokes, and joyful environment cartoon tales can reduce the possibilities of kids being moody for whatever reasons, and instantly puts a smile on their sad faces. As a scientific fact, Laughing increases the production of endorphins in the body that can keep the mind and heart-healthy all time.
No matter how your kid’s day goes at school, a few minutes of their favorite cartoon and snacks with you by their side can automatically lift their spirits.
#8 Helpful in learning visual effects and colors
A kid’s mind is a blank paper that can be filled with anything during their developmental milestones. With Visual mediums that capture their interest in seconds, children love learning through animated cartoons. Their interpretation of colors and shapes are wide when they learn through visual mediums.
Attractive colors, beautiful animations, and other settings enhance kids to differentiate colors accurately and help them to draw art pieces with wild imaginations.
#9 Helps kids learn difficult concepts easily
Cartoons help kids to learn about their country’s customs, history, traditions, language, and mythology very easily. By watching epic series like Ramayana and Mahabharata in animated versions, kids can easily know Indian mythology. There are historical animated tales that teach good morals, compassion, and kindness to your kids.
#10 Helps them in enhancing their speech ability
There are proven instances of cartoons and animations helping children with lesser speaking abilities convey and confess their thoughts and ideas more clearly and effectively. Cartoons can help them at places where parents get stressed enough not knowing what can help them in speaking fluently.
#11 Helps kids in getting along with friends and elders
Children learn from everything that happens around them. There are many single children who do not know how to get along with other kids owing to their family situations. Cartoons help them in getting along with new people and respecting new elders as well.
#12 Instills life values in children
Cartoons make the work of teaching children about life values like equality, loyalty, honesty, trust, compassion, and kindness easier than having had to explain them with exceeded talk and tasks.
There are always two sides to a coin. As much as there are positive effects of watching cartoons, there are still negative effects of watching animations without parental supervision.
Early warning of children watching exceeded cartoons:
Violence and aggression
Cartoons depict violence and encourage kids to become violent in their life. Cartoons also play an aggressive part, there are a lot of negative characters who perform aggressive roles. Kids are too small to differentiate between negative and positive roles, and easily get aggressive in real life.
Lack of empathy and unruly behavior
Some cartoons display rude and disobedient behavior towards their elders and teachers. Children get encouraged by watching cartoons and they start mimicking in front of their teachers or parents.
Improper Cartoons also use foul or unfit language for kids, they start to use bad language in daily life. It’s always okay to let your kids watch their favorite cartoons, except ensure that they are safe to watch and learn about.
Encourages anti-social behavior
Some cartoons encourage characters to be antisocial behavior and give wrong or negative messages to kids. Children think that it’s perfectly okay to behave spoiled, aggressive, and violent. As parents, it is always your responsibility to stay vigilant about what goes into your child’s head.
To avoid negative effects, parents should sit and watch television and animated versions of cartoons with kids. Spending quality time with kids increases your bonding time and observation level with your young ones.
Your Little one’s heart is pure, soft, and innocent with full of honesty, give your time when it is needed and direct them in the right way.