Our generation was born in a world where children learn using computer, when they are 6-7 years old. But kids of this time start using Internet when they are not even 4 years old. They are playing with their parents’ phones, almost all of them have an Ipad and they learn using computer easily and fast. So unfortunately Internet means “game” for children, they don’t play with toys anymore so often. Therefore I decided to search online games for especially girls to understand better the impact of “princess stories” on children.
I simply wrote princess games on Google and randomly clicked to a link. Actually the result stupefied me. As you can see Google found almost 274.000.000 sites and there are hundreds of make over and dress up games in them!
The first link I clicked was www.disneyprincessesgames.com . We talked about how dangerous could be the sub messages in Disney Princess movies, here is an example! You can find many games of which, princess kiss the prince, you help princess to get dressed for the evening, you put make up on a princess etc. By the way there is no cooking or working games in these princess sites because princesses don’t do such things!
The second research I made, was about the general online games sites. I especially looked to the separation of game genres, how do they separate them? Of course many sites have “girl” games, separated from other genres. But girly games sites have one difference from princess themed sites; there are categories of cooking,going to a job,puzzle and adventure.
I think Internet has a huge impact on children especially in this time. Girls can’t find even one thing that isn’t pink on their category.On the other hand there is nothing pink on other categories which are obviously for boys. People give so much meaning to colors.And if you a girl who play games on Internet and also want to be a princess you get this sub message: you don’t have to work, you don’t have responsibilities only thing you do is dressing up, putting some make up and kissing the prince!
Hope this situation changes in the future and our daughters can play a car race and our sons can cook in a game if they want to.