Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn–and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young and the young-at-heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”
– Walt Disney
By Sonia Baydoun
Unis Middle School
That is what Walt Disney believed and what he tried to fulfill when incorporating a child’s imagination into reality. Walt Disney put his heart into entertaining the world. His dream was to make a child’s dream come true, a child’s imagination put right before their eyes, to make even the elderly have the heart and imagination of a 5-year-old.
It’s the same thing with other kids’ channels, like Nickelodeon. The problem is that, even though it’s not like that anymore, the kids still haven’t stopped watching.
“The Disney Channel is not safe for young children anymore,” says Pamela Anderson, an 8th grade language arts teacher at Unis Middle School.
When the 1st graders in Mrs. Hammoud’s class were asked what they see while watching Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, they responded with, “We see people fighting and people kissing.” They also stated that they would rather watch the older cartoons like Mickey Mouse, than some of the things that are on now.
Nickelodeon had T.V shows like Spongebob and Max & Ruby, and they still do, but now they have shows that have inappropriate scenes for younger children, especially at night.
“Nick at Night” features reruns of shows like “Friends,” “The Nanny,” etc. These shows are not made for younger children and are inappropriate for them to see, but that doesn’t stop them from watching because they don’t understand the difference between “Nickelodeon” and “Nick at Night.”
“When they see the kissing on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel they get disgusted, but when they see the fighting, it influences them to start fighting people at school and their siblings” say Unis seventh graders Sahar, Lena and Latifa, referring to their younger siblings.
When the kids see the fighting and kissing, they think that it is OK because it is on kids’ channel.
The times have changed from cartoons to just TV shows that are more suited for teenagers and those shows are influencing your younger siblings to do inappropriate things and have bad behavior while making it seem like it’s OK.
But what can we do except try to get them back into the young imaginations that we once knew, that people like Walt Disney created for us.