Impact of animated videos on toddler’s Mental Health
You might be wondering how this article comes under health and fitness. Health and fitness is not just the behavior of the physical body alone, it also incorporates the mental health and fitness. Most of us are aware to take care of the physical body but failing to concentrate on the mental health. Even with children, their physical health is carefully monitored by the parents. But the toddler’s mental health is decided by the electronic gadgets around them.
Nowadays, toddlers are acquiring many things only from what they are seeing on electronic gadgets viz., televisions and mobile phones. TV programs automatically become part of this environment which influences the growth and development of children. Colorful animated cartoons are easily getting the attraction of the children a lot.
Animations are recently included glamorous sexually explicit content in the name of comic and action. This has its aftereffects on the young mind than the satisfaction of outlining the twinkle on their face. Directors are focusing mainly on the human physique to make their product different from others. This is activating the younger generation’s mind to get attracted to the different sex. Cartoons with erotic content cause Dopamine to produce continuously and causes brine disorder since the syngamy hormone is always on and activated often in a limited period.
The violent cartoons delivered for the kids can have one of the two probable effects.
The first effect will be desensitization, i.e., the toddler unleashes logical thought because of his actions. They will be under the condition that they cannot able to predict the right outcome of their doings. They will start to role-play with the characters they are watching. Slowly and with immoderate violent scenes, the little ones will be structured to behave violently to most of their neighbors.
The second probable effect is fear & flickering. There is no logic in the TV shows what the child is watching. Striking the head on the wall will adversely create severe harm. But in the scenes, there is no harm to the head. This makes them get fear before taking any measure in the reality; his mind is not able to forecast the original result of any action.
There are also animated cartoons that teach quality deeds to the younger generation. A pessimistic cartoon teaches the child in coming out of anger, obeying the elders, talking humbly, and helping the needy, working in the group without greed and jealousy.
When concerned about the skills, a positive cartoon instructs the child to be a commander, to scrutinize problems logically, to survive from danger, to act, and to make the kid interested in the sport.
Speaking about reality, a good cartoon can teach a toddler about the dangers around him and gives solutions to come out of danger.
The cartoon becomes an important factor that has a role in everyone’s childhood and takes significant time from the toddlers’ routine. Animated video is a two-edged sword; it would destroy the pre-teens through excessive exposure to sexual & violent content, or would help in uplifting a better child with excellent mental health.