The Impact of the Animated  Films on the Yemeni Child [Archives:1999/31/Culture]

August 2 1999

The allotted programs for children, like cartoons or translated foreign stories, are produced not for our Muslim children but for the Western children. Even the Western society discards a lot of various kinds of these films, such as, films of scientific fiction, space films and the hostilities taking place in space. All these kinds of films have clearly been proved by scientists, to cause havoc on the children’s psyche, because they are easily and willingly accepted by children which later manifest in violent acts. Consequently, it becomes exceedingly difficult to change their attitudes. Besides, children become engrossed in imagination. Examples of such films are Grandizer, Brave Trios, Turtles and the White Fish. In addition to this, there are kinds of animated cartoons and films which comprise love stories; for instance the smartening up of the female cat’s eyelashes in order to look sexually attractive and the concentration on displaying the manners of combat to woo the female. All these animated cartoons have their harmful impact on the children’s intellect that is shaping up.
Negative effects of the media on the young generation:
Undoubtedly, TV is one of the most influential means which has its far-reaching effects on the audience in general, and the young generation in particular. Psychologists have observed that TV gratifies the children’s natural impulse for adventure. Moreover, it strengthens their desires to assert an independent entity away from the control of their parents. Psychologists also point out that TV engenders a certain harshness of feeling which leads to a gross misconduct. The violent acts, detective programs and melodramatic adventures including, killing, clashes, burning, and death can potentially disturb the children and perhaps, some of them might develop emotional disturbances or complaints of psychological diseases, such as involuntary bed-wetting and soon some of them may even experience panic. In the state of Boston in the U. S. A. a nine-year-old child has failed in almost all school subjects and suggested to his father for sending a box of poisoned confection to teaching staff of the school. When his father asked for the reason, he said that he has taken the idea from TV.
Psychologists and specialists media studies have confirmed that the TV has a wide negative role on the adolescents. It takes the young minds away from the practical realities motivating them to a sickly and dreamy world. Once children were asked about a historical personality who is an emblem of courage and bravery. One of the children replied that it was Grandizer!.
Another authority on TV says “TV inscribes in the minds of the children an epidemic and utilitarian values culminating in absent-mindedness, paralyzing and hindering the progress of intellect and giving a free hand to a sickly and ghostly fantasm”. After this, I wonder how we can teach our children the importance of self-abnegation, values of patience, necessity of persistence in life and so on. Watching TV might become an addiction like that of drug. Is it possible for our TV to help our addicted children get rid of this crisis?.
– Grandizer: violence,
– The White Fish: War
– Captain Magid: football-victory by the use of force,
– Adnan and Leena-passions of love affair,
The skiing Heroes-impact of the use of the modern machines, all these films have been watched by our children of all ages with the following inevitable consequences: increase of misfortune, quarrel with each other in the street and in the school, involuntary bed-wetting, making passes at the young girls, smoking, running away from school and going to cinema.
By: Abduh Moqbil Abduh Ahmad