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Influence of anime on children (any age)
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23 / M / 私の心は、日本で
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Posted 11/30/13 , edited 12/12/13
Imo girls should take influence after Nyaruko-san and Mirai Nikki to take after the "stalker girl" approach!!!
Oh and set this as your first ringtone as soon as you get a new cellphone, please go: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm17521132
Guys like violence, stereotypically at least: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm17521231




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Posted 12/12/13
In all seriousness though

What a child takes away from any form of media comes down to how their parents interpret it for them. It is up to parents to put things in context. Just putting them infront of the TV and walking away is going to be bad no matter what they end up watching.
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Posted 12/12/13 , edited 12/12/13
It's hard to say how much multimedia can actually affect the development of a child, and it likely varies from person to person. I'll say something similar to what I typically say in the "video games are ruining our children" debacle, and that's simply that somebody who makes REALLY bad choices because of what they watched on TV/the internet as a kid was probably unstable to begin with. Anything *could* have set them off, but they happen to be a big fan of anime, or a gamer, etc. At that point, I don't think you can really blame the media in question, as it was a matter of time regardless. I don't think there are many cases where healthy children are swayed to do bad stuff because of the entertainment they consume. Will it influence their personality some? Maybe, but that's not harmful in and of itself.

But the thing is at that point it's a matter of the child needing mental health care (which is notoriously bad in the US, mind you) or they simply need better parenting if it's not a case of genuine mental illness.

When I was between the ages of about 6-13 I played a lot of ultra-violent games and watched a lot of racy, violent shows, animes and movies. Should I have? No, probably not, but not once did any of those influence me to the point that I wanted to copy-cat the horrible things that were shown (horrible to a 6-13 year old at any rate). And I actually am mentally ill (bipolar), but I'm also a human being that knows the difference between right and wrong, and I had a great mom.

Also at the end of the day I do think it's up to the parents to decide what their child should and shouldn't watch. That is part of your job as a parent, and a parent is going to know better than anybody how well their child will handle watching fiction. Or they should, at any rate. Also agree with the poster above me that parents should be watching these things with their children, not letting the TV/Computer babysit for them.

so tl;dr, it's a mental healthcare/parenting issue more than an issue with media.
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Posted 12/12/13
Anime had a huge impact on my life as a child, but only in the sense that it turned me into an anime addict. It's my favorite form of entertainment and has been for decades. But, as far as life lessons go, I never paid attention to that as a kid. If, anything, it wasn't until I got older that certain things said in more mature animes got me to thinking about certain aspects of life. But, even then, nothing really motivated me to change who I am as a person, it just made me consider things. I definitely know that anime can influence kids, but really, anything influences a child in their developmental years. If it makes you a better person, then good for you, though.

But honestly? After seeing all the anime I have? I wouldn't even let my kid watch it. You're more likely to see giant boobs in bikinis and heads exploding than lessons about how to be a decent human being.
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Posted 12/12/13
Anime is basically animation. It is a medium, not a genre.

There are certainly educational animes that are fully intended to teach kids lessons, just like western cartoons. On the other hand, there are ones that are terrible influences, such as Elfen Lied.
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Posted 12/12/13 , edited 12/12/13

wait School Days didn't have positive relationship advice? <snicker> kidding kidding
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Posted 12/12/13

windsagio wrote:


Alienshroom wrote:

Nothing beats cable television. That garbage on MTV, even Disney and Nickelodeon, all is just as bad if not worse then whatever flavor of the month people attack, whether its anime, violent games, online content, etc.. Todays TV for kids is rotten compared to the past. And just distasteful in general. And ABC Family, ugh I DESPISE it.


That's a dangerous trend though, we don't like to think of anime as being the same as all the other mass-media (although it is).



We don't like to think of anime as being the same as all the other mass-media? Well I can say it is nothing like Reality Shows (Honey booboo, etc), nothing like FOX/MSNBC/ABC (mainstream news), nor MTV with its pregnant teens shows, and music videos of people talking about nothing but getting rich and getting laid, while promoting violence and drugs to get there.

I can truly say, Anime is not like those said things. Infact I will also say, that I totally think all those main things listed in the above paragraph are the worst things any child could be watching. Its causing a degeneracy of Morals, and Work Ethic. Being 22 years old, I know first hand what that sort of thing does to growing Humans.

I only say that about the mainstream news, reality shows, and things like MTV. this does NOT include Video Games, or Fictional Movies/Books. Because there is a key difference. The News/reality shows etc. are things based on the real world, where in younger people look up to these people as ACTUAL role models etc. With videogames/movies/books, it is fictional and people will understand its not for imitation.
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If anything I would say that at the very least it helped me develop a never say never attitude and a competitive nature where previously I was rather timid. Adding that drive to my already decent work ethics definitely improved my confidence and outlook in the long run.
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