Before the girls go to nursery we have the TV on Channel 5. Both of them love the cartoons on Milkshake and it's only for about 40 minutes as background noise so it's not something I worry about too much. What I do worry about though is some of the horrible advertising. I can get past the endless Barbies (that's another post), Thomas the Tank-ness and even Minnie Mouse but I can't get past Buster.
Cartoon Buster on the box doesn't look too terrifying, he has quite a smiley face and although is jumping out at you doesn't seem scary. The advert though is much more irresponsible and paints a stupidly aggressive picture of what dogs act like:
My problems with the advert are actually twofold.
Firstly, I don't like that anyone would be encouraged to play a game where they take the bones from a dog - it's just asking for trouble? Surely children should be being taught how to be responsible around animals not playing get which if replicated in real life could genuinely be fatal?
Secondly, I don't like the aggressiveness of the action figure. When the dog jumped out Jessamy told me it was 'scary' and she's already getting slightly hesitant around our dog the last thing I need is for the television to be showing her dogs are terrifying.
Now I think about it I have a third problem too - is it just coincidental that Buster is a bull terrier type dog? Deed not breed people.
Do I sound like a grumpy old bastard? Probably but the point is this kind of game could really end in more than tears. Children should be taught not to approach strange dogs, not to even approach THEIR OWN dog if its eating and obviously don't ever try and take Buster's Bones! Equally they shouldn't live their lives afraid of dogs and younger children could easily be terrified of this advert let alone the game itself.
Silly advertising. I should really stop watching Channel 5 but it's one guaranteed way of getting breakfast eaten on time - perhaps I'll turn over when ever Buster appears.