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The Influences of Watching Superhero Movies on Child’s Behavior Age 3 Years Old 4 Months

Posted on: Juni 13, 2009

“Imagination,” says Avshalom, “is like a muscle that needs to be used. Just as a weight lifter needs to exercise his muscles in order to strengthen them, a child needs to actively use his imagination skills in order for them to develop.”

True imaginative play begins to develop between the ages of three and four. If you watch a two-year-old, his play is always “concrete.” He uses an object in exactly the way it is meant to be used. He can not yet totally play “let’s pretend.” True, he already may love to dress up in a Superman costume, but if you put a two-year-old in a sandbox and pretend to make a cake, it is likely that the sand will end up in his mouth. A four-year-old, however, already understands the concept of playing “as if” and will make a cake and then pretend to eat it.
Typically, three, four and five years old are full of energy, eagerness and curiosity. They seem to be constantly on the move as they engross themselves totally in whatever captures their interest at the moment. During these years, motor skills are being perfected. Creativity and imagination come into everything, from dramatic play to artwork to storytelling. Vocabulary and intellectual skill expand rapidly, allowing the child to express ideas, solve problem, and plan ahead. Preschool children strongly believe in their own opinions. At the same time, they are developing some sense of the needs of others and some degree of control over their own behavior. They strive or independence, yet they need reassurance that an adult is available to give assistance, to comfort, or to rescue, if need be.
The children age three, four and five like to spend their time in front of television. They like to imitate everything in front of them, even the sound, acting and others. Unfortunately, they are unable yet to distinguish between the real and the imagination things. Therefore, The researcher will observe the influences of watching Superhero Movies on Children’s Behavior Age 3 Years Old 4 Months.

Findings and result
1 When watching movies alone (Faiz)
 He does sit when watching this movie
 He stands in front of the TV (the first minute he just keep quite and watches this movie)
 He smiles and feel very happy
 He tries to imitate the sound and music (intro) in that movie
 When Ultra-man comes out, he said “cosmos” and tries to follow superhero’s movements with his hand
 He tries to follow superhero’s movements with his hand and his foot ( he tries to kick)
 After few seconds, he jumps in the place
 He mention the plane on the picture and he tells to his mother that is plane (Movie)
 He tries to repeat some words from movie, such us Cosmos, fire, of course and others. But when we ask the mean of these words, he just smiling ( he just repeats some words and he does know the meaning of these words.
 When the movie takes conversation, he keeps quite.
 When the movie finished, he orders me to turn on (replay) the movie again.
 When I replay the movie, he is very happy and strikes me with his hand at same time with laughing.
 When beginning of movie, he jumps in the place and try to repeat the ultra-men’s movement.
 He tries to repeat the superhero’s movement

2 Watching Ultra-man with his sibling (Musa and his sibling)
 He stands in front of the TV
 He is more active than his sibling and faiz
 He smiles and feel very happy
 He tries to imitate the sound and music (intro) in that movie
 When Ultra-man comes out, he said “cosmos” and tries to follow superhero’s sound (Ciaatt..) and movements with his hand
 He tries to follow superhero’s movements with his hand , foot ( he tries to kick) and jump in the place
 He tumbles on the mattress.
 He tries to repeat some words from movie, such us Cosmos, fire, I am and sometimes unclear words. But when we ask the mean of these words also, he just smiling ( he just repeats some words and he does know the meaning of these words.
 When the movie takes conversation, he keeps quite and sometimes seat in front of it.

3 After watching movie
 He expresses (re action) in front of mirror and some times on the mattress.
 Musa rolls on the floor and mattress.
 When Musa is angry, he strikes his father with his hand
 When walk around in the market and he saw the toys of Ultra-man. He asked his mother to buy it for him ( Musa ).
 When his friend bullied with other, he tries to help him with pushing to the child who has bullied his friend. (Faiz when plays with his peers)
 When Musa is bullied with his sibling, he pushes and attacks his sibling with his hand and others.

The superhero movie gives good effect to the children’s behavior. During the best superhero play, children develop language skills by creating sequential stories and acting them out. They participate in wide-ranging conversations with their friends. Children develop cognitive skills through cooperation. They use a variety of ways to solve the problems that arise in the pretend play. During superhero play, children develop physical skills when they run, jump, roll, tumble, and climb to act out their story. Children develop language, encourages a rich vocabulary. Telling and hearing real or made-up stories, reading books and pretend play help children learn and retain new words. Children develop emotional skills when they gain power over their own fears. They also explore “good” and “bad” as they come to realize that a hero is one who works to help another person.
So far, the research did find that movie gives bad impact to the children’s behavior such us bullied his friends, fight his friend without reason and jump to first floor from the window.

D. Conclusion
Ultra-men movie gives more beneficial then negative effect to the children’s behavior. From this movie, children can develop their emotional skills, physical skills, emotional skills, language skills (building vocabularies) and listening skill. Researcher does not find the negative impact of ultra-man movie on children’s behavior, such us the children become aggressive.

References :

Hetherington, E. Mavis & Parke, Ross D, Child Psychology: A Contemporary Viewpoint,1993, New York;McGraw-Hill

Allen K. Eileen and marotz Lynn R. By the Ages. Behavior & Development of childen Pre-Birth through Eight. 2000.Delmar Thomson Learning

http://www.wholefamily.com/aboutyourkids/imagination/childhood_2.html Imagination: Your Child’s Window to the World

http://www.wholefamily.com/aboutyourkids/imagination/childhood.html Imagination: Childhood’s Natural Gift

http://primaryschool.suite101.com/article.cfm/imagination_in_kids_is_important. Imagination in Kids is Important: Why Children Need Imagination to Help Them Get Ahead Socially and Mentally in Today’s Technology Based World

Extract from Putting Children First, the magazine of the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) Issue 27 September 2008 (Pages 18-21)

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