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Monday September 2, 2013 MYT 7:00:00 AM
Monday September 2, 2013 MYT 11:43:45 AM
Mickey Mouse and his friends are children's best friends.
My son Adam adores Mickey Mouse so much that he watches the Disney channel almost every day.
At first I was worried that watching television would be an unhealthy habit for him at the tender age of three but I found that with the right educational programmes, it can be both entertaining and educational at the same time.
I try to be stricter with the duration of his viewing just to make sure he doesn't get carried way watching television. I always make the point of watching with him and participating in the dancing and interaction whenever possible.
As I observe the change in his behaviour and reaction from day to day, I realise he picks up positive feedback from his favourite show. He counts together with Mickey, spells together and even does the Mickey dance, which I find comical.
Since the show is in English, I find that he learns words and phrases quite fast, and when conversing at home he can recall easily the words from his favourite show from a simple yes and no to acknowledging the different colours.
It amazes me how these educational animated shows can become virtual teachers or role models in tandem with the day-to-day schooling.
There seems to be a sense of bonding with characters and the virtual media is able to grasp our children's attention, which in turn makes the kids very excited to participate.
It must be a combination of funny cartoon characters, music and colours that catches their interest. Whenever he is away from the television and misbehaves or requires some direction, I always remind him of his role model Mickey Mouse and what he would do in that situation. Then he would agree and go along with what I say.
Nevertheless having seen the influence of his favourite cartoon character on him also raises concern as to how other television programmes could affect him. There are numerous other cartoon programmes which are non-sensible with violence and which are also not educational in value.
As parents, we have to carefully monitor what our children are watching and restrict them accordingly as they are as easily influenced by the good as they are by bad programmes. It would be best to watch these TV programmes with our kids, monitor what they are watching and interact with them.
Mayang Murni bt M Ramly
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