We all know the child in preschool who is so fascinated with Spider Man that he comes to school dressed in a red suit for three weeks straight. It is amazing to see such a small child completely identify with their hero, not only wearing the spider-suit, but jumping around and staying completely in character at all times.
Once you’ve seen the overwhelming influence that a role model such as a superhero or animated character can have on a small child, you realise just how impressionable they are, and just how many opportunities for influence, both good and bad, there are in the media today. Do we indulge this (often expensive) fantasy world, and where do we draw the line when it comes to violent or otherwise unsuitable media figures?
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