Why children love superheroes?

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Who is a superhero? Is it someone who manifests a super-ability or superpower and as a rule acts heroically-is brave and self-sacrificing? What, makes them super? Is it that they can fly or swing from building to building?

Why do children love superheroes? Children embrace the Iron Man action figure, Spider-Man lunchbox, Bat-Man underwear, Captain America shield and Wonder women costume crown before they’ve even seen the movies or read the comic books. According to Naeema Jiwani, “one of the biggest reason kids love superheroes is the sense of control and power they can exert on the world. By directing their energies into these fictional figures, they can conquer bad guys, rule the world and be kings or queens of their own universes.

Children find it difficult to differentiate between reality and fiction, any games children play inspire their imaginations should be encouraged. Heroes can spark your child’s imagination and will help to use their minds in the most brilliant way which can benefit their active play as well as their ability to learn.

Too often, adults view heroes as myths or legends rather than the representation of mere humans who succeeded in breaking barriers that previously limited them. Toddlers encounter some early role models among fictional characters, who can teach them about self-control or being comfortable with themselves. Imagining that they are superheroes allows them to pretend to have a level of power and freedom that they do not have in a world ruled by teachers and parents. For years, heroic stories have been used to inspire, motivate, and transfer cultural values to children.

Superheroes encourage physical activities and active screen time. Any activity that gets the kids running with physical activity has a greater impact in their daily lives. They learn to imitate their favourite characters and jump around the house. Anne Haas Dyson describes, “in their creation of imaginary worlds on paper and playground, the children often imagined themselves heroes with powers rooted in accidents of nature and science.” Yes, they could stay glued to electronic superhero games, which is essential. Pre-schoolers who engage in this sort of active play develop better memory, problem-solving skills, and ultimately better mental health.

Children can be encouraged to consume healthier food by thinking about what their favourite superhero would eat. For parents, these heroes can be tools to teach how to face and overcome challenges in the real world. When watching movies with kids, adults can engage in family discussions about heroes. What strengths and virtues did the hero exhibit? What challenges and obstacles did they overcome? What qualities of character does your child share with the hero?

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other superheroes usually play the good guys, but might not be as positive as you think for a toddler. Constant engagement with superheroes may increase physical aggression among pre-schoolers, which might lead to violent behaviour and sometimes the urge to mimic their favourite heroes put them in serious danger. The point is not to ban superheroes as they can be a fun and magical part of childhood, it’s about finding balance and ways to talk about superheroes that focus on the positive aspects.

Superheroes help kids soar, they provide content for moral development- teaches them to empathize and accept their strengths and weaknesses, which provides scope for their improvement. Your child can also identify with superheroes during difficult or traumatic times, for instance, children could relate to Spiderman’s rejection, inadequacy, and loneliness. All superhero stories have a tragic background and are wonderful examples of how normal people learn and evolve from their fears, failures, and situations.

Children’s imagination can also lead them down dark paths but those same minds can come up with scenarios where they protect themselves and save the day. Imagination is a fertile land for growth and learning. If your child is afraid of the dark, remind them of those superpowers that can protect them.

References:

  1. Article Title: Is playing superhero good for kids?

         Website Title: The National (Lifestyle)

  1. Dyson, A. H. (1997). Writing superheroes: Contemporary childhood, popular culture, and classroom literacy. Teachers College Press.

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