I think stupid is a bad word, and should not be exposed in cartoons. Do you think it is or isn't?
You know, I think that word "stupid" is a bad word too and shouldn't be expose on cartoon especially children watching. I remember in my childhood year my teacher would punish us by taking our recess minute if we use the word "stupid" in class. I grew up being taught that "stupid" is a bad word. Every time when we heard one of our classmate say the word "stupid" we say..."oooooooohhh you have a potty mouth!" I remember watching cartoon/animation such as looney tune, rugrats, care bear, pokemon, power ranger...I don't remember hearing it say "stupid" but in this century...I hear it a lot...especially spongebob show. These cartoonist think it is an okay word to use but I don't think it is.
I think that we need to teach our children that words are powerful and can hurt and to think about what they say. I didn't use that word with my children, but in and of itself, it is not a bad word. It is the context of how it is used that is bad.
My girls are 18 and 15 now, so from that perspective... I have monitored what they watched over the years (and still do, actually - no R movies, although I'm fairly sure my 18 yo sneaks to them sometimes). However, there are times when I thought a movie was okay, but would have something. I used those opportunities to open a discussion.
Example, if SpongeBob called Patrick stupid, I would turn to my daughters and say, "Do you think what he just said was nice? Would that hurt your feelings if someone called you stupid?" I would let them talk and would tell them my opinion on it and they learned from this.
I think it worked, because just the other day a horrible list was released in our town of some local high school girls. It was a cruel list calling them a bad name and was meant to hurt and embarrass them. Both of my girls were outraged, because they knew the girls on that list would be hurt. They were able to put themselves in the other person's shoes and I feel it is because of all those years of saying to them, "How would that make you feel if you were that person?"
That's just my two cents on the topic. You can't stop people from making horrible cartoons or television shows, but you can control what is shown on your home TV and what you tell your children about it. They will still see things - at a friend's house, sometimes at school, etc. But they will also know that you don't approve and that does hold a lot of weight.
I think the word stupid has it's place. Wouldn't worry so much about children hearing those types of words but would rather make sure they are instilled with proper manners in regards to other people. I grew up watching the three stooges so you can imagine what one would worry about in modern times about the words in that show.
I don't like the word stupid. I wouldn't want my children watching cartoons that use the word.
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