When children want a toy, normally it is because they think it would be fun to play with. No little kid would ever look at a G.I. Joe and think about the vietnam war, or any war for that matter for what it actually was, they would most likley think about the show, or the movies. Little peices of plastic painted to look like soldiers will not traumatize any child.
As a child I played with GI Joe, Transformers, watched the A-Team and other typically 80s kids stuff. During my teens I was on shooting teams. In my earlier 20s I was in a police cadet program until I joined the military. I severed in Iraq and Afghanistan for several deployments in actual combat. AND NO TOY OR MOVIE CAN DESENSITIZED A CHILD FOR THE EFFECTS OF REAL WAR. Small peices of plastic are meant to stimulate your childrens imagination. It won't tramatize them. If it did a dinosaur would be horrible. After the military I went I to watchrepair and geo political report writing... I still shoot and I volunteer with BSA. I've never committed a crime and I still think back to GI Joe and the A Team with fond memories... They never did me any harm.
Playing with these toys helps children to learn to play with their imagination.It also teaches them the difference between playing and having fun from reality. War toys along with every other toy is tested for safety and durability and they have to match up to these expected standards. It is not the toy itself that is dangerous but the way you choose to use it.
I do not think that there is anything wrong with giving your child a toy that glorifies war, because to go to war and serve your country is a very heroic act. There is nothing wrong with teaching your child that you think heroes go to war and fight for us.
I think that parents should be able to buy their children toys that glorify war if they want to. It is their children and therefore they should be able to choose what they want their kids to play with. It is no one else's place to decide which toys are appropriate.
When children buy toys that glorify war, they are simply having fun. Wanting to charge bravely into battle is in our DNA, and it's okay to express it sometimes, harmlessly, through toys. This isn't going to be what causes children to become violent or aggressive. Genetics and circumstance and environment will.
Children's mentality is developing while aging, and while they're aging they are also learning and stay with what they learned at young age. Also, children tend to use what they know or have as a joke, and having toy weapons in their reach means there is a high possibility someone might get hurt.
I personally think that parents should not buy toys for their children that glorify war because it can affect the child in the long run. I personally think that parents should not buy toys for their children that glorify war because it can harm and shock the chilld as well as scaring the child.
No, parents should not buy their children toys that glorify war as it only works negatively upon their fragile minds. Children are susceptible and see fun in many things and if they are given toys that glorify war then there is a large possibility they will become desensitized to the entire idea of war. With the advent of gaming and movies that revolve around war, many kids see war as "cool" and "vengeful" without taking into consideration the money, resources, and lives lost during them. Many children grow up thinking and feeling like war is a common thing and that "we are better than everyone else" due to these toys and lack real insight to what horrors actual wars bring.