Cartoon network is one of the most favorite cartoon channels for all children. As cartoon network is a 24 hours channel, so children spend most of their leisure time in front of it. One of the main factors which influence the children while watching these cartoons now is violence. Violence is a vital part of most of these cartoons. Children are attracted by violence.

Time which was previously spent by children in outdoor activities is now replaced by TV. At such an early stage children consider the things they watch in cartoons to be real, they are unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality and often believe that if Elmer Fudd remains unharmed even after being bashed by Bugs Bunny with a hammer a number of times so can they. Children try to attempt these acts in their real life as well. The influence of cartoons can be made positive by a little effort on the part of parents or elders. They should make their kids realize that these fantasy characters have no true identity, no ‘Spiderman’ exists who will jump from top of one building to another with the help of his web, there is no such person as ‘Ben 10’ or his magic wristwatch which will start blinking and will alert Ben of every evil action before hand.

Parents need to be very vigilant and should observe any peculiar changes in their behavior. With intervals they should have a counseling session with them and try to clear the reality of things and should answer the controversial and ambiguous questions they have in their mind. Thus cartoons can be turned into a healthy entertainment and an effective source of learning for children.

ISMA ANUM,

Islamabad, November 28.