Are cartoons dangerous?

@estherlou (5017)
United States
March 11, 2008 11:19am CST
A group of kids over the weekend, were playing in their backyard sandbox. One child, 10 years old, told his friends to bury his head in the sand. He had seen it on a cartoon. When he began thrashing around, the kids first thought he was fooling around. When they figured out he might be in trouble, they dug him out and called for help from parents. The child died. Good grief! What a sad and senseless thing to happen. It's been ruled an accident. http://www.kirotv.com/news/15559193/detail.html
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17 responses
• United States
11 Mar 08
Yes, I think todays cartoons are a bit on the dangerous side, look at Dragon ball Z, Simpson's, even Family Guy. They show Things that younger audiences should not be seeing, There is violence, language and really inappropriate actions, that kids today are picking up and think that it is acceptable. When you put an action with an animation and a child sees it, it is going to look like it is cool, since no matter what the cartoon character's do to each other and themselves they seem to never die. The child will perceive that as they can do it and not die.
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• United States
12 Mar 08
family guy is not for kids anyways. its an adult cartoon.
• United States
12 Mar 08
Yes family guy is an adult cartoon, however it is shown here (Florida) in mid evening like 4-7 not just on 1 channel, but many channels. www.bakugan.com If you access www.cartoonnetwork.com you will find that many cartoon are really inappropriate for young viewers, yet no disclaimer. Cartoon network is allowed on may parents accessibility guide for their children.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I don't want to sound cold or calloused or uncaring, but a 10 year old that does not know the difference between a cartoon and reality or even worse a group of kids that don't know the difference and think that what they see on tv is real are in a lot of trouble. These kids are seriously lacking in common sense, in education, in parental guidance and plain talking and interaction. It is a terrible thing that happened, but we can't ban tv or remove sandboxes from every yard and playground in the country. I feel terrible for the family and for the loss of life of a 10 year old but there is a problem here.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
20 Jun 08
At the age of 10, a lot of kids understand the concept of suffocation and would have known better. Cartoons are the scapegoat in this case, just as video games and music are the scapegoats in others. If, by the age of 10, you don't know yet that cartoons aren't real, then you're probably mentally handicapped in some way. Cartoon characters get up and walk away after a piano falls on their head, or they fall off a mountain. Even a ten year old should know that isn't possible. While the 10 year old may have saw it on a cartoon, that doesn't mean he should have any reason to think it was real. Either this kids a psychopath in the making, or his parents have failed on some level to make their child understand the difference between reality and fantasy. I mean, at 10 it's normal to still believe in fantasy - but you should also already know that you can't do what cartoons do and expect to get up and walk away unscathed.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I remember doing all kinds of things as a kid and none of it I can remember being because of TV but just because of my own imagination. I'd be more concerned with all the violence killing, shooting, etc... Thanks Zelo
• Canada
14 Mar 08
I do not think that cartoons are dangerous, the child was obviously not aware of what was dangerous and what was not. His friends also were not aware that this was a terribly dangerous thing to do. Any one of the child's parents should have been supervising the children playing and the instant they had seen the children burying this kids head in the sand a stop should have been put to that kind of behavior. The parents should have been not only supervising the play but the watching of the cartoon to explain to the children why that burying your head in sand can not happen "in real life" and why it is not possible to do that and live.
• United States
12 Mar 08
I dont htink cartoons are dangerous but i do think the parent needs to explain to the kids that its not real and they dont need to try to react any of the things they see on tv at all. My step kid never reacts to what he sees on tv and we let him watch things that some parents wont let there ten year old watch. He is just fine and the only problem we are having with him is talking back and being a little disrespectful. we only have had custody for a year and have worked on him and hes getting better and better. his step dad was abusive so i think thats a link to his rudeness and im just getting a little impatiant with it.
@nickventere (1424)
• Zambia
12 Mar 08
Well, it all boils down to child supervision when they sit before the silver screen. By and large, cartoons are meant to be amusing entertainment for kids, and adults alike. Incidents like this just bring out the fact that most parents are not in touch with their children. A well-cultivated relationship with your child or children will definitely address such issues. A good parent will definitely make their child or children udnerstand the world around them. of course, every child who has been well schooled by responsible parents will be able to differentiate fact from fiction, reality from make-believe.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
12 Mar 08
No cartoons are not dangerous.it is a very sad story above.kids should use their brains before doing such silly things or consult their parents.parents should watch their kids once in while to see what they are doing.
@reejane (294)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
I guess it depends on what type of cartoons they are watching. Let's admit it, not all cartoons shown in TV are for children. There are some cartoons that we thought are okay to watch by the minors since its animated but if you will see the actions or the words by the cartoon characters...i don't think so. Parental guidance is still needed.
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
I think that parents should still supervise their kids when watching cartoons and remind them that some scenes on the shows should not be done in real life, or tell them that those are not real. It is sad to know that there are incidents like this.
@SteveDan (23)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
I do think some cartoons are dangerous Take The RoadRunner Show for example, where wile e coyote constantly tries to kill and or eat the RoadRunner The methods he use are very violent, involving explosives and the like What is dangerous is that these cartoons contradicts common sense, for example the character falling from a cliff only makes a big hole in the ground, and the next thing you know, he's back in the next scene Small children have so much thing they need to learn and their logic and common sense has not been developed that far, if for some reason they follow some of the methods depicted in the cartoons, it can be a very serious problem, and those violent cartoon elements may get carried on to their older lives
@minkx8 (23)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
I have always wondered why people never saw the violences in Donald ducks and Tom and Jerry movies. I have always wondered what kids can actually digest from watching the characters hitting and blowing up each other. Maybe, it's not so dangerous since kids don't really understand what is going on. They see cartoons doing it, then, they probably think, "oh, it's only cartoon can do it, not for me".
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I would hope it was just an isolated case. There have been numerous tv shows that have led to stupid things being done by kids. Of course when I was a kid, cartoon characters were always getting smacked on the head or flattened. We survived.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Cartoons aren't dangerous, a lack of parental involvement is! If that child was 10 years old then he should understand the concept that humans need air. My three year old understands that she needs to breathe and if she puts a bag over her head she might die. How does she know this? Because we have talked about it! I understand that accidents happen and kids do dumb things no matter what, but parents need to talk with their children about common sense things so that the children can discern fantasy and reality.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Normally children are very smart and know the difference between right and wrong...I do know however that children that are mentally impaired or are mentally off somewhat do not need to watch cartoons that normal children could watch...A 10 year old child knows better than to pull such a stunt,they would know better,...My 10 year old granddaughter can hold a grownup conversation,10 year olds are very smart...I believe this child could be dangerous and have some type of problems..I do not blame the cartoons,but for a child that is dangerous anyway,it can give them ideas to work with...
• United States
11 Mar 08
I think the ones that they make now are they sure are not like the ones we had when we was growing up
@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
This is horrible. I can't begin to fathom why a 10 years old didn't understand what he was watching. Why he never thought that burying one's head in the sand was dangerous. I have a 7 and a 9 years old girls and they both know what is proper and what is wrong. I can't say that cartoon shows are dangerous. Most of the shows are intejected with funny things. I'm just guessing that the kid thought it was funny to see the head buried in the sand.