Cartoons & the Cartoonist
How to "Control" Them
What Society Should Do
- Censorship. One common prevention of inappropriate cartoons is censorship. Society has already notice this problem and have affirmatively kept it a regulating rule for modest cartoons. Most people wouldn't agree to the idea of censorship if applied to them, but if applied to only kids, most could agree better.
- Choosing What to Watch. What the viewers should do is to limit watching inappropriate shows or watch television altogether. Broadcasting stations such as Nick Jr. and Disney Junior are very regulated and well suitable for children between the ages of 2 to 9 and keep subliminal messages towards children. Usually, before a cartoon appears, they display a sign on the top right corner of the screen that shows what age is most suitable for what the viewer should be. Any age under the limit should not be watching the said cartoon in the first place, much like children cannot watch a rated R movie in the movie theaters without parent supervision.
- Parent-Controlled Channels. Most cable boxes now serve parent- controlled channels located in the settings of the cable box. This will allow the parents of the viewer to control the content shown on T.V by simply choosing which channels that should be blocked or not. Different variables can prevent this problem more swiftly and efficiently .
- Knowing the Signs. As kids (ages 5-10) grow up, they begin to undergo certain changes or phases in their lives. Usually they get these certain ideas or beliefs from media from any source, much like T.V. When a child says a new catchphrase of metaphor, they probably have gotten it through media. This phase an be either positive or negative. Once you start seeing more signs like a change of style and vocabulary, they'd probably might have learned this from TV shows and cartoons.
What the Cartoonists Should Do
1. Focus on the Moral. Animators should keep the message they emit subtle. However, this can cause a decline of views due to the lack of sense of crude humor, since that crude humor is one of the variables that make a “good” cartoon. On the other hand, this kind of crude humor should not be applied to kids.
2. Limit Adult References. Children may not understand the same jokes an adult feels, but applying it to children will give them the same mindset of an adult. For example, replace scenes that involve the use of guns and replace it with mildly funnier content like a baseball bat. In addition, refrain the sights of smoking. Smoking could inspire a child to smoke as well and/or believe that it is okay to have one. If their role model smoked, they would be accustomed to believe that they can smoke too.
3. Better Age Range.