March 14, 2011

Phineas and Ferb teach us how to keep it simple

"Cyberspace Rules of the Road" PSA

OK, I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I enjoy watching Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb with my 7- and 10-year-old. There, I said it. I’m a grown woman and I still like watching cartoons.

For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it follows two stepbrothers on summer vacation. Each day the boys embark on some grand new project. Their controlling older sister, Candace, spends the day trying to bust them. Joining them each episode and creating a subplot is their pet, Perry the Platypus, A.K.A. Agent P, a secret agent who fights an evil scientist named Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. At the end, the two plots intersect to erase all traces of the boys’ project just before Candace can show it to their mother.

OK, enough about the show. There is a point to this blog. Disney recently launched a new Phineas and Ferb PSA designed to educate kids on “Cyberspace Rules of the Road.” Once again, Disney has managed to simplify a complicated message and fit it into a one-minute cartoon that sums it all up for kids (and adults).

Although businesses probably need a little more detail to their social media policies, this PSA is a good start and a great reminder to keep it simple. According to the boys, if it’s not something you’d say to your mom, you probably shouldn’t put it on the Internet.

Check out the link, share it with your kids, and share it with your employees. Maybe you too will become an unabashed fan of Phineas and Ferb!

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  • Shawn

    Maria, I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoys the genius that is Phineas and Ferb! It is well done and quite clever. You’re blog post made me smile. Thanks.”Moooommmmm, Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!”

  • Ken Leslie

    Cartoons are awesome~! It’s interesting with the evolution or perhaps even lack of evolution of cartoons. For instance there’s an underlying theme in cartoons that allows people to directly relate with life and these principles are usually to a moral degree and education of the times.

    Whether it be political cartoons such as Popeye to raise support for a war. Or a look at daily life situations to relate to, like The Simpson’s. And of course precautionary subjectivity much like Inspect Gadget, safety tips at the end of each episode. These and other underlying themes can really help benefit a child’s understanding of how the world works, while at the same time provide a chance to talk to your kids about important issues.

    Good article,. cheers to cartoons!