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We have all heard some impressive stories in which television has wielded such power over childhood behaviors that it has left us speechless. I will always remember one my mother told in which a child jumped out of the window thinking he could fly like Superman. From that day, when I was about 10 years old, I became aware of the power that television wielded.
Although we are not all the same, nor do things affect us in the same way, many studies carried out in recent years have revealed how cartoons have had a great impact on the behaviors of a large majority of children, either by imitation during the game, in conversations with friends, and even affecting them psychologically.
The violence of pictures is one of the first concerns of parents, but studies also reveal that these same pictures sometimes awaken the creativity and imagination of children. We set the limit by filtering what is seen in each case and above all, the number of hours our children are exposed to television bombardment.
The most violent cartoons are usually accompanied by a dose of humor, which makes small viewers assimilate violence as normal, and even fun; causing in some cases confusion between real and fictional life, which complicates the situation. It is proven that a child constantly exposed to violent drawings where things explode, where the opposite is humiliated to make people laugh, and where the different is marginalized, You will include it in your pattern of behavior as a quick and easy way to resolve conflicts.
But not everything is black, there are also studies in which a positive influence on children's learning is clearly seen. When the chosen drawings carry moral, helpful or teaching values, they can serve as support for school activities since the child tends to assimilate them more quickly.
On the other hand, children who spend too many hours in front of the television have lower cognitive ability and a greater degree of passivity in the face of school tasks, in addition to reducing the degree of concentration, since it requires an additional effort to which they are not used to, therefore, the number of hours in front of the screen is of great importance in their learning . In general, they should not spend more than one to two hours a day watching television, and as long as it does not replace another activity such as playing, painting, reading or going outside.
After these lines we can draw the conclusion that cartoons are not good or bad in themselves, but rather affects much more the quantity and quality of what is seen; therefore, we parents must set limits and consciously filter what we want our children to fix in their heads for the rest of their days.
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