Cartoon by: Mark Parisi
This political/social cartoon depicts Little Red Riding Hood instant messaging with the wolf. This cartoon is different than others we have examined in class, because it is black and white and does not depict the famous red hood. However, it does depict the famous image of the wolf in the grandmother’s clothing. After reading the many possible interpretations, the theme or moral of the story, in my opinion, is that little girls (and little boys) should not talk to strangers, because the results could potentially be deadly.
As always, I try to apply what we are discussing and learning in class to real life. This cartoon interested me more than all of the others, because it depicted how the story could possibly be written if it had been written in modern times. It also illustrates a real problem that children and parents in this modern era should be wary of: online predators. According to Enough is Enough, an online site dedicated to making the internet a safer place, one in seven children will receive some type of sexual solicitation over the internet. Most of these predators will gain information about their victims such as likes and dislikes, school, home, and daily schedules via social networking sites. In order to reduce the risks of this happening, children are encouraged not to post personal information anywhere on the internet, or interact with strangers online such as talking to strangers in chatrooms or adding them to their Facebook friends list. Overall, this cartoon accurately illustrates how the morals and messages learned from fairy tales are timeless and can be applied to children of all time periods.
Online Predator Statistics: http://www.internetsafety101.org/Predatorstatistics.htm