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Remember the time we came back from school, took off our shoes and plopped down in front of the television to watch our favorite show? Well, it turned out that that blissful time was a crucial stage in our growth and development into the adult we are today. Those children’s cartoons can have a negative or positive effect on children.

Ever since Émile Cohl first created ‘Fantasmagorie’, a French cartoon from 1908, and considered by film historians to be the first cartoon, cartoons have played a large part in children’s lives. Currently, most toddlers grow up watching their favorite cartoon shows.

Émile Cohl and a scene from his cartoon ‘Fantasmagorie’

But in the wide world of fascinating cartoon series that range from dazzling fairy tales to action-packed adventure stories, children can be affected in negative or positive ways. It is usually up to parents to decide which cartoons their children can watch. Here are some views on the positive and negative impact of cartoons on children.

Positive impact of cartoons

“Cartoons expose children to language learning, enjoyable education and cognitive development”

– Blogger Sumedha’s Perspective

Start learning early

Cartoons act as one of the springboards in a child’s educational development. Especially educational cartoons can teach children basic knowledge such as shapes, numbers and colors. The fun and interactive way cartoons convey information makes learning fun for children. Colorful images and moving images stimulate the senses of children.

Linguistic Ability

The different languages ​​spoken by cartoon characters expose children to language development. They hear and learn new vocabulary from cartoons, which they use while talking with parents or friends.

Parents can make children addicted to cartoon programs that use a particular language. Pronunciation and mannerisms also improve by watching cartoons.

Special cartoons
A scene from ‘Sesame Street’

Some cartoon shows are direct collaborations between academics and cartoonists. In such a case, psychologists and educators are part of the production team, creating cartoons with specific learning objectives in mind. “Sesame Street,” which first aired in 1969, is one such cartoon.

One study found that just by watching this show, kids were on track academically. Another example is ‘Moon And Me’, which is also specially made to meet the growth and learning needs of children.

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Watching their favorite cartoons helps children improve their cognitive skills. The involvement with visuals and story plots helps develop logical reasoning, visual and auditory processing, and sustained and selective attention in children. Children also get creative, invent new stories or create works of art from the information processed from cartoon series.

Negative impact of cartoons

“The wrong cartoons can lead to antisocial behavior in children because of violent, misogynistic and dangerous content”

– Blogger Paroma’s Perspective


With increased access to media via television, laptops, tablets, etc., children today are at risk of being exposed to violent content.

As children begin to develop perceptions from the age of 3, watching favorite cartoon characters committing physical aggression can have long-term negative effects, such as becoming antisocial and emotionally upset. Tom And Jerry, for example, is a violence-ridden cartoon series that should be inaccessible to children.

Inappropriate behavior

Children pick up on the behavior of popular cartoon characters. Since stalking, humiliation, and objectification of women are normalized (including among children) on shows like Doraemon, Ninja Hattori, Johnny Bravo, etc., kids who love these shows can grow up to be misbehaving adults.

Also, teaching false ideals, such as relying on others to fight bullying, as shown in Doraemon and Ninja Hattori, can create a weak character.

Dangerous Activities

Children can be influenced to mimic actions from cartoons. For example, Chhota Bheem’s unrealistic portrayal of a 7-year-old with enormous physical strength to single-handedly beat up strong villains can give children too much confidence. Also, the bizarre physics shown in shows like Tom and Jerry can provide a false sense of reality.

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Feature Image designed by Saudamini Seth

Source: Author’s own opinion

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