DD (11) recently brought home her year-book for primary leavers. Each child in the top year completed a survey of most embarrassing moment at primary, favourite TV programme, favourite foods etc.
A large number nominated The Inbetweeners as their favourite programme! I was under the impression it was crude and vulgar and aimed at late teens, but never having watched it I turned it on for a bit last night to see if I was right. Within 60 seconds we had discussions of wanking, fucking and shitting .
I'm not feeling superior exactly as my DD's favourite was MI High, which is dross - but at least it's age-appropriate dross!
Favourite song amongst the kids appeared to be Rhianna's S&M . Charming...
Oh, and while I'm ranting, at a recent school assembly (I haven't been for a while) my DD seemed to be about the only girl in her year still in knee-length skirt, polo shirt and school sweatshirt (their uniform) - the others had moved over to the high-school look of mid-thigh skirt (OK not quite the bum-skirt of the local high school, but on the way to it), fat ties and tight jumpers. I know they're all growing up, but am I really the only parent of this school year who thinks this "uniform" is inappropriate?
So I am right, or am I just a out-of-touch prude? Am particularly at the Inbetweeners - what kind of parent lets their children watch this stuff?
Been trying to think what my favourite programme was at that age but can't remember. I remember watching Grange Hill, the Bionic Woman, Tomorrow's World, Top of the Pops and Jim-'ll-Fix It. Stuff like the Inbetweeners just wasn't around then - anyone remember the fuss over Johnny Rotten swearing?
Hadn't thought about watching stuff at friends - bit of a problem I suppose, especially in these days of easy recording where watershed becomes a bit meaningless, and also tellies in bedrooms (don't have that in my house - it's official, I am an out of touch prude ).
Maybe I shouldn't have been too surprised at all this though - a boy in my other DD's class, when he turned 10 or 11, had a party which involved staying up all night (I mean all night, literally) watching 18-rated films!
I started a similar thread a while back (might have been my first thread on MN) and got laughed out of town by Inbetweeners fans.
But the problem is that, because of the school context, I think it appears as if it is more suitable for younger viewers than it actually is. I was really shocked by the attitudes towards women - yes, they are being expressed in the context of humour, but still....
Wish you people were parents at my school! Though to be fair, it's hard to know from the year-book how many parents do allow this - maybe there are one or two rogue families having Inbetweener showings for lots of their kids' friends .
QueenOfDenial - I found the clothes upsetting, not just for the pre-teen-sexiness aspect, but because it was obvious that my DD didn't fit in. She's had friendship problems all the way through school, and looking at them all it was a visual reminder of this. School uniform is supposed to be a leveller, but unless there's some kind of enforcement of regulations (not sure if this is possible in a state primary) then it really isn't.
She's left now, so I don't have to consider whether to get her a bum-skirt in order to facilitate friendships . (She's not going to the local bum-skirt-wearing high school.)