July 8, 2018 at 11:00 am
Teaching Kids Morals Through Cartoons
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Animated cartoons became insanely popular during the 80’s, and they have been a constant source of entertainment for both children and adults. Before the age of the internet, kids used to rush back from school as soon as possible and sit in front of the TV to watch their favorite shows.
Even though times have changed and technology has advanced substantially, what remains unmistakably unchanged is the message that these shows convey to their wide range of viewers. Kids’ shows are a great way of educating them about the correct value system.
Here are some of the important values and life lessons that kids can learn from watching television –
A friend in need is a friend indeed – Friendship is an important and an invaluable part of life. Teaching kids the value of a true friend is extremely important, and what better way of learning more about the bond than watching Motu Patlu? No matter how big a fall, Patlu saves the day for his friend after all. This show echoes a very positive sentiment about standing by and helping your friends when they need you the most, and kids will learn a lot from watching it.
Stand Up For Justice – Teaching kids about right and wrong can be very tricky. It’s easy to tell kids to respect others, to not be mean, and to always stand up for justice. But just telling them to do certain things won’t evolve their understanding of moral science. Kids need to understand why standing up for others in need is important. It helps shape their character. What makes this teaching rather interesting for the viewers is the fact that bringing justice to the world makes you a superhero. Shiva is one of Nick’s heroic boys whose valour teaches kids about being courageous, standing up for justice and helping people.
Never Give Up – Failure is a part of life and giving up should never be an option. As kids grow up, they need to try their best at everything they do – be that academics, sports or extracurricular. Kids need to understand how important it is to keep going even when they come across insurmountable odds. Kids’ shows often have characters that go through tremendous odds to achieve their mission, and these characters offer some invaluable life lessons to children. Even a smallest battle can take up most of our day. Be it Shiva or even Motu and Patlu, their determination shows us that whatever come may, there’s always a way.
Honesty is the Best Policy – There’s always a point in life where people resort to lies for getting away with trouble, hurting someone or even winning someone’s heart. Well, shows like Gattu Battu teaches that nobody can ever escape the truth, and especially without facing Gattu’s funny and rather visually pleasing fighting moves. It definitely sparks interest of the viewers towards the fight for the right, and how honesty can help you conquer hearts of several.
We Are All One Family – One of the best things any child can learn from a young age is that we are all one big family in this world. Whether it’s a small squirrel, a bird, a tree, or a dog, everyone on earth is equal. Shows like Shaun the Sheep tell us stories about various animals and the bond they share with others. Kids will surely learn how respecting, loving and treating everyone as one makes life beautiful.
So there you have it – some of the most valuable life lessons and morals that cartoons can teach our kids. Who said watching too many child-friendly shows will spoil your kid? 😀