For the 80’s kids, like me, we are lucky that computers were just on its infancy during our childhood days. We enjoyed the best toys, the best comics, the best games, and the best cartoon shows ever.
Our generation may not be as techy as the kids of this generation but we weren’t as primitive as our parents. We played with action figures and outdoor games. We rode bike, played skates, and pretty much active sports.
Today’s kids live in the virtual world. High-tech gadgets, tablets, computers and other geeky stuff are the toys of the future. I’ve also seen how technology has crept into old hobbies. There are electricity-powered skates and bikes. I heard some action figures are now equipped with AI, even drum sets now come with techy accessories, like those I’ve read here.
And it’s not only with toys or games that we see significant changes. Cartoons have also changed a lot. Ours were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flintstones, Simpsons, Super Ted, Looney Toons, Tom and Gerry, and Garfield. Today, they have Phineas and Ferb, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Pokemon and the Powerpuff Girls. The quality, story and plot may have changed but I guess both the classic and modern cartoon shows still instill the same values.
Yes. There are values that can be learned from watching cartoons and they are enough reasons why kids need to watch cartoons. Here are some lessons I’ve learned from watching my favorite cartoon classics.
The cuddly bears in the Care Bears cartoon show depicted what friendship truly meant. They were there to help out each other, shared light moments and showed respect to each other. Although they may have had some misunderstandings, they always found a way to mend those issues thus keeping their bond stronger.
Defending the oppressed
He-Man showed how it is important to help those who are oppressed and needy. He used his superpowers not for his personal gains but to protect those around him.
Everyone can be a hero
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved that anyone can be a hero, no matter what kind of creature you are. It also showed that we can love others even if we are not of the same species or standing in life.
Size doesn’t matter
In the classic cartoon series, Tom & Jerry, we see that size doesn’t really matter if we want to succeed in life. We see how Jerry can think of clever ways to evade his arch-nemesis. It seems to encourage us to think out of the box at all times, which is very helpful especially when dealing with life problems.
Every superhero cartoon show depicts bravery and heroism. Ultimately, these animated shows have a recurring plot that underscores how the good always triumphs.
For some adults, cartoons may seem senseless but you have to admit it – you once also fell in love with these animated characters. So, the next time you see kids watching cartoons, please don’t interrupt and let them learn some values in life.