Retiring Charlie Brown

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Retiring Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown Christmas And Halloween Specials Promote Bullying | Kid Scoop

Does he have a valid point or is it just looking for a problem where one doesn't exist?

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Never noticed... course Charlie Brown is always picked on, just this time it is Linus? They never worried me and we have all the specials, and don't even celebrate Halloween! It is the one Halloween video I allow LOL

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I'll admit I never really saw the problem. When he pointed it out I guess it made sense so to speak but I think that's just like anything else...Cinderella's stepsisters. I think even though I'm anti bully that at some point my kids are going to get picked on and I definitely think the fact that Charlie keeps trudging through is great for kids to work through. Does that make sense? (sorry I have a cold Smile )

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As in the words or Charlie Brown "Good Grief". Getting picked on is part of growing up. At some point in a child's life they have got to learn to deal with it. I would rather my girls learn to deal with being picked on as a child. How to deal with it and deflect it, then to get to the workforce as an adult and have to idea how to deal with it.

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Children's programming is often about exploring emotions and situations. I loved these shows as a kid and still do. From a psychological standpoint (with my complete lack of any sort of training in this area), it's helpful to sympathize with characters, to witness Linus' unshakable faith, to see how Charlie Brown still remains our favorite character no matter what happens to him. All kids feel picked on at some point and this, I believe, can make them feel less alone.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Children's programming is often about exploring emotions and situations. I loved these shows as a kid and still do. From a psychological standpoint (with my complete lack of any sort of training in this area), it's helpful to sympathize with characters, to witness Linus' unshakable faith, to see how Charlie Brown still remains our favorite character no matter what happens to him. All kids feel picked on at some point and this, I believe, can make them feel less alone.

This is an excellent point. Charlie Brown (Peanuts) could be turned into an anti-bullying message.

A. If you can see your victim as a person, you will be less likely to bully them. Thus the empathy for Charlie Brown carries over.
B. Persistence. No matter how many times the football is pulled out from you, you just keep trying. It's not about falling on your butt; it's about getting up.
C. Holding on to your faith/convictions. No matter how many people make fun of you for believing, you keep on with your faith.
D. Imagination. Snoopy has quite the imagination which is a good thing. You should never lose your creativity.
E. Being yourself regardless of what people think of you. So what if your "ghost" is just a sheet with holes? He made it himself and wore it regardless.
F. Friendship. Studies show it isn't quantity; it's quality. You only need 1 true friend. It's those with no friends that are the biggest concern. All of the Peanuts have somebody. Peppermint Pattie adores "Chuck." Lucy, Linus. Snoopy & Woodstock. Even Pigpen is a part of the group.