Why do I write ToonyMum ?
I write because I have love-hate relationship with cartoons. This is a reason but not exactly what motivates me to dedicate a good morsel of my days’ time to dig my teeth into the role of toonymum with gumptions.
Professor Sean Brotherson of Oregon State University says:
“A child’s brain is like a house that has just been built. The walls are up, the doors are hung. Then you go to the store and buy electrical wiring, switches, a fuse box and other electrical supplies, you bring these supplies to the new house and set them on the floor. Will they work? Probably not. You first must string the wiring and hook up all of the connections. This is quite similar to the way our brains are formed.”
Lets have a look at some statistics now –
In a research performed by the researcher Kayla Bois & Brad Bushman “Michigan University”, they summed up the cartoon content in our Children Schedules as follows:
・ 2 – 5 years old children watch cartoon 32 hrs. Weekly.
・ 6 – 11 years old children watch cartoon 28 hrs. Weekly.
And they stated that:
・ 71% of 8 – 18 years old has a TV in their rooms.
・ 53% of 7 – 12 years old has no parental monitoring for what being watched on TV.
・ 51% of homes: TV is switched on most of time.
So they are neck-close and we cant avoid them.
And this –
“Children who consistently spend more than four hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight” (Ben-Joseph, 2016).
I like their funny hunky dory way and the ease with which a good message can be passed on in non-serious way.
There is lot which can be learned through them, I learned British way of English through Octonauts.
I too switch on the TV for the sake of it and when I need “me-time”
Having said this all there is still a lot we can do to control & monitor what flows in.
………and this is why I write toonymum to give heads up for what is wrong and how can we deal with it.
I want to paddle across following messages to all children and all mums & dads-
1. Cartoons are fun but fun that is laced with some wisdom and learnings is worth sitting for hours but fun which is surrogacy for violence or vulgarity is what we have to guard ourselves.
2. Young minds are too subtle to process, funnel & filter what is shown to in vibrant, dazzling colours, so listen to mum & dad.
3. Don’t – Don’t make cartoons your idol or role model, discover your original self and stay unique.
4. Don’t trust any product just because your favorite toon character is selling that. Read labels, compare cost.
5. Go out and meet real people more because to fight evil & wrong you don’t have to resort to kicks & punches, use wit & wisdom.
6. Anything that does not require to flex your mind muscle, is not worth wasting hours. The more you use your brain the better it will get ….. so play games, no not on screen !
7. Question everything, why, what and how of things you watch and discuss with elders.
8. Watch you age recommended cartoons. Why ? because you don’t eat grown up’s medicines too.
9. Remember the good message, because stories help in later life to build perspective and improve understanding , like what Tex said in Cars “There is whole lot more to racing than just winning” or what Peter Pan said – “All it takes is little faith and trust”
10. Research says -Thinking and imagination are of the most factors that affect the functionality of the brain till the age of 12. The early years are important. Don’t feed your mind with junk!
There was a wise man who said till boat floats on water it is good but when water enters the boat, it drowns.
Choose wisely what you watch.