Debbie Carnes

Worthington, MA, United States

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Debbie Carnes
Posted over 2 years ago
Can fictional superheroes provide positive role models in children’s lives?
I think that superheroes are generally good for a child's development, as long as the time spent in the fantasy is not excessive. I am the answering, though, as an American. It struck me from your conversation that the definition of a superhero MIGHT be something different then ours. And, in this climate, young people in America might incorrectly construe the enemy as a certain group of people. My idea of a superhero is one who fights an outside power that is threatening all people. I realize now that the "bad guy" is defined by many different factors, including culture and time in history. Possibly superheroes can serve as both extremely dangerous and and powerfully positive. It seems that, as with many things, it comes down to Good vs. Evil and the question of power corrupting.
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Debbie Carnes
Posted over 2 years ago
Can fictional superheroes provide positive role models in children’s lives?
In my opinion, superheroes are especially attractive to young boys and give them a developmentally important source of empowerment. The superhero is all powerful and can defeat all of his enemies for the good of mankind. What better model for young men, particularly in this current state of the world? A real human role model would be best, but in the absence of that I would think the superhero would lend any kid of sense of power and possibility.