Violence in Children’s content
It is every parent’s concern when their children watch TV to make sure they are not watching people getting brutally murdered on screen, or that they’re not watching ‘inappropriate’ content. Instead, they would rather their children to watch cartoons and other content meant specifically for children. Little do they know that cartoons are the place where children are most likely to encounter violent content. According to Nicholas St. Fleur, main characters are two-and-a-half times more likely to die in a children’s animated film than in a film for adults—and three times more likely to be murdered. I believe that I speak for the majority of people when I say that when I’m watching a Disney movie, I am not really aware of the violence they portray. Perhaps it’s because like the majority of people, I have grown up watching these films and have come to see those violent events depicted in the movies as harmless, and simply a necessary part of the story. Analyzing everything more carefully now, I realize that those movies we think of as “innocent” and “harmless”, are in fact very violent. Take for instance The Lion King, where Mufasa, one of the main characters, is brutally assassinated. Because of the nature of some of these cartoons, we are not especially concerned, perhaps because it’s not real people but rather colorful and sympathetic animals the ones who are acting in a violent way that we tend to think of it as cute or funny. TV classic Tom & Jerry is a good example of how violent a cartoon can be.
Read the following paragraph and try to guess which movie it’s from:
Death lurked outside the couple’s doorstep. A monster, many times their size, fixed its eyes upon their home. Paralyzed with fear, they stared at the beast’s silver scales and terrifying teeth, which glistened too close to the couple’s slumbering children. The mother dashed towards her brood. The monster pounced. And though the father tried to fend off the attacker with every inch of his tiny frame, he was knocked out by the beast’s colossal tail. A few hours later, he awoke to a grisly discovery: his wife and all but one child had been consumed. (St. Fleur)
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