Do you think that for children the present day cartoon shows are worth watching ?
It depends on the cartoon. Jimmy Nutron, okay...Sponge Bob, annoying in the extreme, but pretty much harmless, The Simpsons or Family Guy, absolutely not. I think that the parent needs to watch the cartoon and decide if it fits with their values and household. What works for me, might really bother someone else. So it is great that there are a lot of choices. My 11 year old son actually prefers the "old" cartoons. Flinstones, Jetsons, and Scooby Doo.
I do agree parents must have a look of the on going cartoon shows and then decide which one is good for the children. In India I have noticed presently children prefer the cartoon shows which are full of stunts. Most of the shows end with the victory of the truth /good over the wrong/evil but still these stunt shows seem to me quite baseless. I feel no true entertainment/fun is in the shows nor they are creative and have any connection with the real world. The tragedy is I fail to decide which one to approve. In every regard I find Tom and Jerry is the best.
This is dependent entirely upon what cartoon shows you're referring to. There's been an entire culture of adult-centered cartoons (all of adult swim, for example), that I think are equally worthless for adults and children alike.
When I look back at the cartoons I watched growing up, nostalgia is the governing emotion, rather than reason or criticality. Most of the things I watched, if I really sit back and think about it, were absolute garbage. Some of the daytime cartoons I watched had good messages, but the majority of things were just as vile as what's available now.
The question I ask myself about children watching TV is if it's something that's entertaining without providing too negative of an influence. When you're a child, you're interested in shiny things and fun characters, not the subtexts of a program. For many young people, watching "bad" shows is more about being able to say they're allowed to watch them than it is any real interest in the content.
i think it depends on the show, really there's always going to be shows worth watching and shows that are not
In my opinion Not all cartoon shows but the cartoon channel like cbeebies are worth waching for children upto 6 yrs.
You can simply watch some online and filter them yourselves for your ward. I would advice that mickey and donald are the best series till date. And some other like Popeye, Mougli, etc. are also worth watching. You can motivate your children to watch some creative shows like Mad, Art Attack and Backyard Science. This will be great for their school science and art projects. You won't believe but you would love to watch cartoons with them and listening to their comments would be great fun too.
When I babysit, I generally prefer to watch older movies and cartoons that I grew up with. On the other hand, I think some of the new shows are just as good, particularly on PBS (Super Why, Arthur, etc) and Disney (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). I find that Nickelodeon shows, personally, are terribly annoying. I prefer if they have some kind of educational purpose, particularly when they're younger.
Cartoon shows for kids are getting violent today, and what kids watch they will apply it. But if they watch wholesome cartoons it will be okay. But it depends on how see parents see that.
Children's cartoons today are worse than past cartoons because they contain more violence and adult suggesions. I believe they are direct influence of this present time. We have become a fast pace society, but have lost some values along way. When I was a little girl I watched a lot of cartoons and still love them today. In the 80's shows like Barbar, the Bernstein Bears, Care Bears, Rainbow Bright, and my little Pony all seemed to have a common theme. They would discuss values and what was right and wrong. In the 70's shows like the Adams Family and the Flintstones. These brought a new view to family dynamics. Both seemed ancient in their behavior, yet very comedic to watch. In the 80's there were a good mix of anamorphic shows, such as Thundercats and Disney's Gummie Bears. I even remember enjoying Darkwing Duck, Tiny Toons, and Pinky in the Brain. Each of these still continued the learning lessons of life, yet had some violence. The 90's even had an environmental show teaching children to save the environment. Even now Batman and justice league teach lessons and add violence to solve problems. However I will say that today's cartoons seem more geared to adults than children. For example, Ed Ed and Eddie, South Park, and Family Guy. Each reveal comedy but smear the value system. However this does not mean that earlier cartoons are better. I will say they were made at a different stage of history where children respected their parents, when help was freely given without a self attitude, and when violence was not the focus. Now in my late twenties I turn for some of the older cartoons to emerge back on television. We are what we watch and it directly influences our decisions. Parents must stay involved when cartoons are involved. Fantasy and violence can both have their dangers.
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