Dad dot info form. Ask questions, get answers | Opinion | Latest News | Concern cartoons more violent than films

Concern cartoons more violent than films

Do you ever worry about children’s cartoons being more violent than films for adults?

Reuters picture: Phil McCarten

According to research the main characters in children’s animation are more than twice more likely to be killed off than those in films for a mature audience.

A study of cartoons released between 1937 and 2013 found they were “rife with death and destruction”.

Researchers examined the length of time it takes for key characters to die in the 45 top-grossing children’s cartoons, between Snow White in 1937 and 2013’s Frozen.

Grisly deaths in cartoons were common – shootings in Bambi and Pocahontas; stabbings in Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid, and animal attacks in The Croods, Finding Nemo, and Tarzan.

All of those films are rated either as suitable for a general audience or with parental guidance suggested (PG).

But why is it acceptable for our children to watch an animated versions of death and destruction?

Violence on screen can be particularly traumatic for young children with research suggesting the impact can be intense and long-lasting.

Experts looked at the amount of violence young children might be exposed to when watching films targeted at their age group.

The study also found that two-thirds of the cartoons depicted the death of an important character, compared with half of the adult films.

Parental instinct is to make sure children feel safe and to protect them from violence.

It is vital for parents to remember that children are prone to imitating the actions of those around them and what they see on television.

TV in moderation can be a good thing – it can be an excellent educator and entertainer.

There are some detrimental effects it can have though, such as smoking, drinking and racial stereotypes.

It is important to monitor the content of the programmes your children are watching and perhaps set viewing limits to ensure your children do no spend that much time on the sofa in front of the TV.

Remember, the watershed is there to protect children from harmful material. This means that programmes on after 9pm may contain material unsuitable for children.

Related entries LIVE: The First Year is Survival LIVE: The First Year is Survival

On Thursday 29th October at 12 Noon will be live on Facebook chatting all things TWINS!   CLICK HERE TO JOIN US LIVE AT 12 NOON Leonie and Josh Huie, Mum and Dad to fraternal twin girls (their twin heartbeats) chat with Ian Soars, CEO of

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys...

Rule of Six

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries

The Best Family Walks in Britain

The Best Family Walks in Britain

We could all do with exercise, fresh air and some lovely low-cost days out, not to mention some beautiful scenery. Charles Clinkard have put together a list of the 40 greatest walks for families in Britain, taking into account a number of helpful amenities such as...

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

As a parent of a 10 year old who is rapidly approaching the age where he will be getting his own phone, I’m concerned about ensuring he isn’t exposed to a cavalcade of disturbing things online. I’m worrying about bullying, about him being contacted or making friends...

Pin It on Pinterest