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Effects of cartoon programs on behavioural, habitual and communicative changes in children

Shailesh Rai, Bhagwan Waskel, Salil Sakalle, Sanjay Dixit, Rajendra Mahore.

Abstract
Background: Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary action to some lives. This has become a problem because too many children are watching too much cartoon program and they have become violent and addictive.
Methods: An observational cross sectional study was conducted on 200 children of 5 to 15 years of age watching cartoon programs using simple random sampling in indore city over the period of 4 months. Pre designed, pre tested, semi structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was analysed using MS excel & SPSS version 20.
Results: 33% of children showed an increase in violent behavior. 39% of children watch both (violent & nonviolent) type of cartoon programs. 64% of children neglect things told by parents while watching cartoon programs, 45% of children throw things/becomes violent when parents either switch off T.V/ask him to do some other work, 61% of children try to copy stunts after they have started watching cartoon programs. 81% of children have shown increased interest towards creative subjects and 73% of children have become sensitive towards others since they have started watching cartoon programs.
Conclusions: Watching cartoons programs had significant effect on behaviour of children. Changes were negative and positive both. Majority of the children behave the way they watch people performing activities on the television screen and follow them in their everyday life.

Key words: Cartoon programs, Children, Behaviour, Changes



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