Parenting against Cartoons
You can’t save your children from everything and sheltering them from life will do more harm than good in the long run. Who in their right mind wants to raise their children in an unrealistic box? The best analogy that I can think of is the preacher’s kids that knows nothing about life outside of church. Cartoons have always pushed the envelope in some way or another throughout time. The classic Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons had a lot of controversial undertones in them during their height of success. However, it’s a completely different ball game today.
Barbie was controversial during my time. Yet and still, even though barbie had breast, hips, and make up; she wasn’t talking about getting nose jobs. When I saw an episode of this Bratz cartoon on Nickelodeon and heard the characters talking about a nose job, I was outraged. How is this appropriate for children? As a child, the only thing that you should worry about is how to have as much fun as you possibly can. Self image should come later. As time progresses, I foresee this issue only getting worse.
It seems like cartoons today are designed at making children grow up faster in ways they shouldn’t even know about. What will I say to my daughter when she is old enough to understand what she is looking at? I don’t want to “parent scared” and shelter her but I also do not want her thinking that her knowing about things like nose jobs and plastic surgery is okay before she even hits adolescence. It is hard to compete with a popular cartoon character(s). As a parent, you cannot be there every second of the day in your child’s life, even if you are dedicated. Society simply isn’t designed to allow us to do that. I realize that I may not be able to parent my daughter completely the way that I would like to, because the world does not revolve around us. With that being said: the responsibility shouldn’t be split with meaningless television programing. As a parent, how do you compete?