Comic Strips: How Impactful Is It to Children?
The art of telling stories through comic strips started in the 19th century through newspapers. And a comic strip generally consists of a series of comical images telling a story. This art form has reached great popularity, especially after the 20th century, as it entered the world of children through toys, storybooks, films, cartoons, etc. Many artists use these mediums to infuse specific social messages like honesty, kindness, patience, and themes like family, social differences, nature, and farm animals in comic strips so that it leaves a good impact on the child’s mind.
A comic can leave a lasting impact on children’s minds if it contains elements that can contribute to their growth. People refer to comics as funny and entertaining stories and end up ignoring the significant role they can play in making a child a good human being. Hence, the following points will help you understand the impact of comics on children so that you can find the best comics for your kids:
Enhances Reading Skills
When you introduce your child to the world of stories through comics, it will help them enhance their reading and analytical skills. A comic strip usually has a lot of images, but it also has certain dialogues and details in written format. As such, a beautiful and subtle amalgamation of both makes it a good experience for the kids.
When a child reads comic stories with social and moral messages, it can help them become conscious human beings. They will be able to differentiate between good and bad. For example, an artist infuses the theme of farm animals in comic strips in order to make a child understand the nature of animals. As such, it will help him/her become an animal lover and understand the importance of the environment and animals.
Enhances Analytical Faculties
When children are engrossed in reading a comic with the theme of investigation, for example, the Batman comic, they will grasp investigative skills that will help them make better and conscious decisions in life. And when they like a particular character, they try to mirror them and imbibe their characteristics as their own. For example, if a character protects animals from cruelty in a comic book, and succeeds in saving them, then the child will try to do the same in his life. Hence, a comic also enhances the decision-making power and IQ of a child.
A comic story can take months and years to finish as they don’t get published in one go but at monthly or weekly intervals. And when a child starts reading one such story, they have to remember the details of previous chapters, which ultimately helps them enhance their memory power. It will help them remember information as they grow old.
Enhances Imaginative Power
Comic stories are a great way to enhance a child’s imaginative skills. As the stories have a lot of images, a child can interpret the meanings in their own way, and they can create the whole world in their minds. It can help the children become great artists, writers, storytellers, and entrepreneurs.
The above-mentioned points explain comic strips’ impact on children’s minds. And you can choose the values you want to infuse into your child’s mind. Meanwhile, some common themes are friendship, co-existence, equality, saving the environment, fight against the cruelty of farm animals in comic strips. You can find many such stories based on different themes and messages, and you may introduce your child to the magical world of stories.