By now, most young adults have realized that the cartoons they watched as children weren’t as innocent as they once appeared. From the innumerable penises littering Spongebob Squarepants, to the subliminal sex messages in The Lion King, each contains at least one hidden, and often vulgar message. This realization, that the world isn’t as innocent as it once seemed, is a common discovery each of us makes along the journey to adulthood. Unfortunately, this lack of real-world innocence extends beyond children’s cartoons, and into the lives of children themselves.
As the Keywords Essay on Innocence states, “childhood and innocence have not always been inextricably linked.” In fact, many children have been exposed to things that have robbed them of their innocence. From rape and murder, to drugs and violence, some of these children have unfortunately seen or felt the worst that the world has to offer. To make matters worse, society presents, and perpetuates a blatant disregard to this truth. It seems that our acceptance of lacking innocence in children’s cartoons comes easier than our acceptance of the same lack of innocence in the children who watch them.
By choosing to ignore this sad reality, we are preventing children from receiving the proper help and attention they so desperately need. It’s time that we as a society accept the truth of the matter; children aren’t inherently innocent. We need to provide help to those who need it, no matter their age or outward appearance. If we can accept that Spongebob isn’t as innocent as we used to think, why can’t we do the same to the most young, and vulnerable people in our society? It’s time we start taking better care of our children.