"Violent Media Is Good For Kids" is an article written by Gerard Jones, which highlights the need for kids to have a "fantasy self." . Reading comic books, Jones' said is what freed him, as he was a sheltered child and was not allowed to express himself. This he got to do after his mother was convinced by a student that comic books were good. His favorite comic was "The Incredible Hulk," a small and seemingly insignificant person trying to deal with all that's happening to him in society but on becoming "The Hulk" can do anything. He stated that the dual-identity helps children negotiate conflicts between inner self and public self as they start socializing. He further goes on to say that even if the children identified with a rebellious, destructive hero, it helps them not to conform to society and they become independent in their thinknig and actions. He aslo stated that even the sweetest child feels rage and that comic books or bloody videogames or playground karate or toy guns, give the kids a release or as he says. "a tool to master their rage." Having such tools they know they are not real and by reading or playing they are releasing their rage. They are living vicariously through the characters and know that they cannot do to others what their fantasy character does.
I was never a lover of comic books, I was always running around playing sports, so maybe my vicarious identification was an athlete. Maybe it was a sport I liked and didn't know how to play but enjoyed looking the athlete perform at a high standard.
We can use King Solomon's Mines as another example of a book where the child can immerse himself into a fantasy and also understand the other values brought out in the book, for example nothing is impossible and once you are detemined you can get through anything life has to throw at you.
In conclusion, those people in society who want to shelter children should rethink your position as Jones stated that violent entertainment has helped more people than it has hurt and that it is fear more than reality that will do more harm. They are fearful the kids will become thugs and murderers but if they do not let the children explore their fantasies and form opinions of their own they will grow up as Jones' stated, "too passive, too distrustful of themselves, too easily manipulated."