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Cartoons are Junk Brain Food
What is Junk Brain Food
Cartoons are Junk Brain Food
Normal junk food is stuff you eat through the mouth. It usually comes from a packet, a tin, a freezer or is presented as a quick fix, such as take-away, like a hamburger. It can also be sweets, cakes, biscuits or any other form of quick fix. This debate is about brain junk food and what that means to the developing organ we take so much for granted.
Junk food is labelled as such because it does not have the same benefits as properly prepared fresh food. Mass produced in factories or bakeries, and so on, this type of thing sits around, is hastily prepared or rewarmed, sometimes several times, and while it may satisfy the appetite it can do damage to vital organs. If cooked and left to cool unrefridgerated, as most of it is, it may poison you. Because of the excess fat and other ingredients it causes obesity, builds salt levels that cause other problems, such as strokes, high blood pressure, liver and kidney problems, and so on. So why would you eat it except on rare occasions? If you don't want it in your body then why put the equivalent rubbishy junk food into your brain, or you child's brain?
Opening The Brain Channels
The brain is composed of channels which are forced open by learning and exercise. That means that teaching children to use their brains from a young age will help open more channels and, therefore, increase their ability to learn. This should be the goal of all parents.
The more exercise the brain gets by thinking things out the better it will cope with years of schooling and attaining a good lifestyle. If the brain is encouraged to be lazy, such as by just being fed things worked out for it, then those channels will remain shut. It is much harder to open them in later life. It is the equivalent of tying one's legs and arms up to prevent them moving and, given time, they lose their ability to work. Another way of thinking about how the brain works at this age is to compare it to reverse dementia. Instead of the brain becoming weaker and less able to work it must be encouraged to be strong and fitter. Think of it as a muscle. The more its exercised the stronger it will be.
It is a proven fact that what goes in by the age of 7 stays with the person for life. In other words these formative years are the ones in which sensible, straight forward and useful information should be the main brain food ingested. Teaching an infant to read and even do maths is now considered a more appropriate activity than taking the attitude that the child has plenty of time to learn. But all too many parents sit their youngsters in front of the television to watch cartoons from the time they are able to take anything in. As long as the child does not squawk or bother busy parents is enough for some. But what is really happening to their precious offspring.
By watching things on a screen the brain is numbed, which is the reason many adults fall asleep during this activity. So how much worse is it for the child. The numbing effect can lead to disastrous consequences, such as the need to escape reality later in life. That may mean drug taking, alcoholism, and crime.
So what is their perspective of life. They see cats, dogs and other animals engaging in human like behavior while talking like adults, acting like fools, treating others with violence and engaging in self harm. Not only are these things dangerous for the young mind to absorb but the ones depicted are healed almost instantly, are restored to life when they should be dead, and are living in such a fanciful world that the impact is telling on society which is largely collapsing around us.
Kids grow up with drugs, celebrity brain washing, fixations on weight, obese, often diseased and many cannot move out of the chair to do an honest days work. My favorite saying is "What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow" and I believe that what you take into the brain is what you will eventually get out of it.
Maybe you have never really thought about it before. Maybe you are a cartoon addict. So what is your take on this subject?
Cartoons are Junk Brain Food
Cartoons are Addictive
Would you stick a needle in your child's arm for topups of drugs
Cartoons are drugs and they are very addictive. How many people watch them night after night in shows like the Simpsons. What do they get from them?
To me that is vomit from someone's brain that is hemorrhaging over society. It is the twisting of facts to show how clever man is. That he can make robots to do things and draw images which supposedly live like humans and have many of the same characteristics is not really so great. Anyone can do it with a bit of practice and skills in that direction. Movies do much the same thing. They are empty of a soul.
Actors read lines written by someone who has worked out a plot and uses the images portrayed to work on the emotions and create humor or stress in an audience. Humans love movement and the fact that movies move mean that they can hardly take their eyes off the screen. Well its the same with cartoons.
Once they start you want to know the end. You follow the script, get excited or upset and then it ends right where the author intended. You have been given a shot of adrenalin or laughing gas and you go away wanting more.
There is nothing wrong with cartoons
Is this you? Are your children being reared on cartoons and television watching. Are they affected in the way you describe
Have cartoons affected your child(ren)
Building a Solid Foundation
For your child's future
Children that are nurtured, fed right and guided into early learning programs stand out. They are secure, confident, knowledgeable, able to do well in school and they are popular.
Children that are not given the same attention also stand out. They are usually slovenly, less capable, often insecure, possibly searching for recognition and less able to make friends and socialize. That means that as they grow they are looking for companionship among people of their own ilk and this can lead to gangs, criminal behavior, rebelliousness and drugs.
People either use their brains or their muscles to make their way into the world. If a child has the right start he or she has been given the building blocks for a successful career using their brains. If, on the other hand, the child was not given the right guidance in those formative years then they may turn to anti-social behavior because that is what was put into them as a youngster. The cartoons they once watched is now their guiding light.
If the cartoons were violent the chances are they will be too. If the cartoons were stupid then that's probably what they become. There are all different degrees of behavior that fit between these two extremes, ranging from self harm, plastering the body with tattoos, wearing shafts through the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and so on, and belonging to a gang. In other words depending on a tribal type of existence where a number of people decide on what to do next by majority rule. Or they are under the directions of a dictator or bully who exploits them.
The following is a list of sites related to this discussion - It covers research and studies into cartoons
Whether you agree with the comments so far perhaps a look at some of the following studies may help you to decide.
Are cartoons addictive? - What do you like about them?
Are you addicted to cartoons.
Increasing the attention span
Young children get bored easily
Watch a young child and see how much attention span they have. Usually it may only be a few minutes. Sometimes it can be much longer, depending on what you are doing.
My eight months old grandson often comes to stay for a few hours. During that time he will have some food, play with the dog, stand up around the lounge room and try to walk, and then settle back to watch something I do that amuses him. For the last few weeks I have been clapping my hands three times and raising them into the air with a "wheee' sound. I have also taken his hands and tried to clap them together but he had kept a closed fist.
Last Sunday when I visited as soon as he saw me he clapped his open hands three times and then threw them back, as I do, and up into the air. He did it several times and I got the message. While he cannot yet talk he showed me that he is capable of absorbing and doing simple things in his time and this is his relationship with me. It was a wonderful hello. He laughed each time he did it from then on in unison with my doing the same actions.
Cartoons enforce simple things and at 8 months he has shown that he can absorb these things and what goes in will stay with him for life.
Do You Believe in Training the Young Brain? - How do you get the baby thinking?
Fortunately nature takes care of that and the thought process is started probably in the womb. But parents can stop this and handicap the child by not encouraging its use.
What is the best way to train the brain?
The Last Word - Would you show this to your children?
Think about it. Would they understand it? Would it give them nightmares? Would they sleep comfortably in a dark room? Would it be something they could easily forget? Remember you are an adult and know what the message is - but do they?
Please let us know.
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