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To not let my 11 year old watch Eastenders but..

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seeker Thu 12-Apr-12 10:42:57

...to let him watch South Park?

hairylemon Thu 12-Apr-12 10:48:17

More info needed.

Why cant he watch Eastenders?

SooticaTheWitchesCat Thu 12-Apr-12 10:51:52

I would ban both!

seeker Thu 12-Apr-12 10:52:28

Because I hate the shouting, the way nobody is ever nice to anyone else and that you have to turn your mind off to watch it. And that it celebrates everything that's vile about modern society. <harrumph>

OldGreyWiffleTest Thu 12-Apr-12 10:53:52

The last time I caught a glimpse of South Park it was just awful.

marriedinwhite Thu 12-Apr-12 10:55:48

Agrees with Seeker. I banned it in this house when I realised ds was watching a repeat at 2pm in the afternoon, aged about 4, it had come on after something for children. The language was foul, full of the f word and there was a scene of domestic violence - a man hitting a woman. Was years ago and I was shocked that something so foul could be shown before the watershed. I remember calling the BBC to complain but was told most of the UK didn't think as I did.

hairylemon Thu 12-Apr-12 10:56:17

Southpark is just the same though! Kenny gets killed in every episode IIRC, at least in EE the deaths are prettty spaced out.

marriedinwhite Thu 12-Apr-12 10:57:17

Agree that South Park is awful but it is awful in an unreal way. Have to say the kids do say things like "she's nuts she lets us watch South Park but won't have Eastenders on. blush

hairylemon Thu 12-Apr-12 10:58:23

Married - I dont think they use the F word in Eastenders do they?

needtogetalife Thu 12-Apr-12 10:58:26

EE wouldn't have the f word in it

seeker Thu 12-Apr-12 10:59:05

You see, I don't think South Park is awful- one ds watched yesterday made him cry because it showed the potential isolation of a child with Asperger's so powerfully.

But I wondered whether other mothers would draw their skirts aside if they knew he watched it!

I have never heard the F word used in EE - they wouldnt be allowed to. I would let DS watch EE ( we dont tho so he wont want to) but no I wouldnt let him watch SP so YABU

WorraLiberty Thu 12-Apr-12 11:00:40

The last South Park I saw, they were all worshipping a statue of the Virgin Mary who was 'bleeding out of her ass'.

Then there was the one about cancer...

FoofyShmooffer Thu 12-Apr-12 11:03:30

Neither are suitable.

needtogetalife Thu 12-Apr-12 11:05:49

south park is awful though, I really dont like it, my 12y watches it, it has become the thing to watch amoungst them all at school. along with family guy and american dad!

gorionine Thu 12-Apr-12 11:08:00

Cannot talk about Southpark as I have not see it in about 15 years and did not even know it still existed.

WRT Eastender (and Coronation street, Holyoaks...) they are not exactly banned but I have stopped watching them when Dcs were little exactly for the reasons in mariedinwhite post + the fact that they show a very sad life where no-one really has any prospect of bettering themselves, cannot help themselves having affairs with anyone of the opposite sex living in the neighbourhood, said neighbourhood they never get out of.

Luckily none of the Dcs have ever asked if they could watch it.

marriedinwhite Thu 12-Apr-12 11:09:28

I am sure they did but was back in about 1999. It was a truly awful scene of domestic violence though between a real man and a real woman in too everyday and realistic a way.

JosephineCD Thu 12-Apr-12 11:11:23

Is South Park still being made? I thought it was just repeats now.

confuzed90 Thu 12-Apr-12 11:12:39

South park can be very rascist, I'm 22 and my DP watches it and nearly has all the seasons, some things I see on there is unbelievable how they get away with it. The one last night that he watched was about muslims! Couldn't believe some of the stuff, very rascist and mean, swearing and on particular episode, well a few actually where its about abortion and its just simply wrong with what happens in it. I would not allow my children to watch south park until at least 16, yet I don't see the problem with eastenders. But each to their own.

LeBOF Thu 12-Apr-12 11:12:42

I don't like South Park myself, but it's popular with kids that age and a bit older, and it doesn't appear to drive a generation to drugs or anything, so on the basis of having things in common with his peers, I'd probably allow it.

He won't be missing out on anything by not watching Eastenders, except misery and nihilism. I don't know any teenagers remotely interested in it. Nor many adults, but that might be because the subject never comes up. It does strike me as massively depressing though- like if you spent your entire time on Mumsnet only in the Relationships section, with sound effects.

cantspel Thu 12-Apr-12 11:12:47

If i had to choose between the 2 i would rather let them watch southpark then EE.
Southpark is full of swearing but i would rather that than the storylines that EE comes up with.

ButteryBiscuitBase Thu 12-Apr-12 11:13:52

I let dd watch eastenders, corrie and waterloo road. I always check the soap mag and if I think a story is going to be unsuitable I tell her she can't watch. Or if she asks me to explain a storyline I just simplify it for her. She often says, "its just actors pretending" she is 8. I don't let her watch hollyoaks though that seems to have more frequent sex/rape/ prostutution storylines even though its on earlier. I wouldn't let her watch southpark because of the swearing and more adult themes. Plus its usually on after 10 when she in bed!

LeBOF Thu 12-Apr-12 11:15:10

What can watching adult soap operas possibly contribute to the life of an eight year old? confused

ButteryBiscuitBase Thu 12-Apr-12 11:19:39

She just likes watching them, I don't think too much into it. I always watched them as a kid it never adversely affected me!

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 12-Apr-12 11:20:49

I wouldn't ban my ds watching EE or any soap, though he has noticed that I jump up as soon as the EE theme tune comes on as I loathe it so much.
It is the most utterly depressing view of everyday life, as are all the soaps.
He does watch South Park and has done for years, he things it's funny.

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