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The Inbetweeners - for 11 year olds?

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StopRainingPlease Fri 22-Jul-11 08:48:21

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 shock.

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 confused. 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 shock at the Inbetweeners - what kind of parent lets their children watch this stuff?

HumperdinkFangboner Fri 22-Jul-11 08:50:45

ah they grow up so quick <wipes away tear>

Hmm there's no way in hell I'd let any 11yo of mine watch the Inbetweeners I love it though.


LineRunner Fri 22-Jul-11 08:52:39

You are an out of touch prude. So am I. Let's be out of touch prudes together. smile

rubyrubyruby Fri 22-Jul-11 08:53:06

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CardyMow Fri 22-Jul-11 08:56:30

Blimey - My DD is almost in Y9 and I wouldn't let HER watch the inbetweeners! She's 13yrs 5 months.

pinkhebe Fri 22-Jul-11 08:56:45

It's a great programme, but no way would my 11 yr old be allowed to watch it

pointydog Fri 22-Jul-11 09:02:26

It's rated 18.

rubyrubyruby Fri 22-Jul-11 09:04:15

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pictish Fri 22-Jul-11 09:05:18


An 11 year old will not understand the humour, being a child still. The Inbetweeners may well feature teenagers, but it is written for adults.

Sirzy Fri 22-Jul-11 09:05:27

It's rubbish anyway but certainly not appropriate for 11 year olds

Ragwort Fri 22-Jul-11 09:06:08

Never heard of it - goes off to look grin.

SpringHeeledJack Fri 22-Jul-11 09:07:04

I found out that my then 12 yo had seen it at friends' houses

so that we could discuss any ishoos that cropped up for him, I let him have a dvd so we could watch it together, as a family

[right on, down with ver kids emoticon]

what twattery on my part. It was even more feeeeeeelthy than I'd remembered and I spent the best part of three hours tittering weakly while trying to dig myself a big hole in the sofa to hide in


rubyrubyruby Fri 22-Jul-11 09:08:20

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tinker316 Fri 22-Jul-11 09:10:31

That's 1 of my favourite shows grin
No way would I let a child of mine view it- DD has turned 1, so no chance of it happening soon wink

Catslikehats Fri 22-Jul-11 09:12:21

grin @ springheeledjack!

I wouldn't be overly worried about the clothes or even the music but there is no way I would allow an 11 year old to watch the inbetweeners.

Rubyrubyruby if your 11 yr old "gets" the humour I would find that worrying.

spudulika Fri 22-Jul-11 09:12:31

I'm pretty liberal about what my 11 year old watches.

I wouldn't have her watching Inbetweeners. If I'm watching it and she comes into the room I switch it off.

Although to be honest - it'd probably be the best way of putting her off teenage boys I could think of!

pointydog Fri 22-Jul-11 09:16:01

lol @ springhelled.

StopRainingPlease Fri 22-Jul-11 09:23:29

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 grin).

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! shock

StoopidBint Fri 22-Jul-11 09:28:29

No way I'd let me 11 year old watch it. My older teens watch but we can't watch it together.....I have an over active cringe gland!

rubyrubyruby Fri 22-Jul-11 09:31:19

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handsomeharry Fri 22-Jul-11 09:31:51

Definitely not. I love the programme myself but it is total filth.grin

stupefy Fri 22-Jul-11 09:34:10


no way!

The might 'get the humour' in the same way they might appreciate the SFX in some gore fest horror film.

It doesn't mean they ought to be watching it..

BranchingOut Fri 22-Jul-11 09:37:44

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. hmm

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....

pointydog Fri 22-Jul-11 09:43:40

No it's not complex content. It's adult content.

StopRainingPlease Fri 22-Jul-11 09:50:10

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 hmm.

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 hmm. (She's not going to the local bum-skirt-wearing high school.)

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