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To let my 6 year old watch 'unsuitable' daytime TV?

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WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 09:42:34

NOT along the lines of Jezza btw grin

He is currently glued to 'The Real A&E' on Sky Living. Another favourite is 'Police Interceptors'. Generally any documentary about police, car chases or medical problems/injuries. He very rarely chooses to watch cartoons now (old soul at 6/nearly 7) and instead, when he has TV time, will choose Sky Living or similar for any of the above. He generally has a really factual mind, loves documentary's and gameshows and is also a fan of Bear Grylls which he watches with dh.

Some of the stuff on The Real A&E can be a bit graphic/upsetting (although they generally all turn out well in the end), but he is completely unfazed by it, just fascinated, and sometimes makes lists of all the medical problems you can have. At the moment a young girl is having a hook pulled out of her finger which is making me cringe - ds hasn't moved his eyes away hmm

He's also learnt the names of a few choice drugs from PI (cannabis and cocaine) and also surmised from them that people take drugs by smoking a cigarette with drugs in, or by 'eating drug powder'. We've had a chat about drugs off the back of this and ds's main summary is 'If you take drugs you might get arrested or die. I'm never taking drugs' which to me, doesn't seem a bad opinion to become ingrained from an early age.

Anyway, I've not thought too much about this. Until my sister popped over whilst PI was on and ds1 told her what he knew about drugs and how bad they were and how naughty some people were to take them. She was horrified (to put it mildly) and thinks it's completely inappropriate for a 6 year old to know anything about this and that he shouldn't be allowed to watch these sorts of programs.

Thoughts? Aibu?

Just to add...anything he watches would be in the day time. So swearing is bleeped out and so on. These types of programs generally escalate and get more graphic after the watershed, which he's never watched.

CMOTDibbler Sat 08-Nov-14 09:45:01

A&E, probably OK. PI, no imo.

DS(8) loves documentaries, and I let him have Blue Planet, How its made, Food Factory, Megastructures, and recently Mythbusters (which is bleeped, but they leave mild swearing in that I don't like)

DogCalledRudis Sat 08-Nov-14 09:45:41

I thought it would be Jeremy Kyle...

Wowthishurtsalot Sat 08-Nov-14 09:48:14

I see no issue as long as you're discussing things and answering his questions

My 9 year old DD has been hooked on The Passing Bells this week and howled crying at last nights episode! Some programmes are suitable in a strange way for kids as it gets them thinking

WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 09:48:39

He loves How Its Made too. I nearly die of boredom when it's on!

He has also seen Supernanny a couple of times, which is very funny. He sits and gasps and tuts at the kids behaviour like a little old lady. I think he finds SN much more shocking that anything else!

Wowthishurtsalot Sat 08-Nov-14 09:50:28

Don't feel bad my dd went through a phase of watching all those at a similar age. Aside from the passing bells her other adult programme she's glued to is snog marry avoid. blush at least she's not going to be an orange adult...

Nanny0gg Sat 08-Nov-14 10:18:30

Whilst I'm not a huge fan of wall-to-wall Disney channel, I personally think they're a bit much for a six year-old. I would have thought the A&E one could be a bit frightening once he grasps what's really going on. And the police one would be a definite no-no.

And they can only go through a 'phase' of watching them if you allow them to!!

But it's a bit late now, anyway.

WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 10:21:19

Tbh I've thought about it quite a bit and seen ds's reactions to these programs and discussed them with him - so on balance i'm not really considering banning them anyway.

It's more from an interest pov, to see if others think IABU.

WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 10:28:32

Nanny - he definitely grasps what's going on in the A&E programmes, the reasons for the injuries and potential consequences. He's very mentally and emotionally mature for his age (I would say more so than a typical 6/7 year old) so it's not a case that he's watching it without actually understanding iyswim.

I've just looked at his 'list' (he often writes down thoughts he has whilst watching docs - sounds a bit odd, but he really is a thinker).

One of the ailments he's recorded from this morning reads 'Old man with not enuf calceeum'

Underneath he's written his own thoughts/diagnosis - 'Posiblee cawsed by not drinking enuf milk' grin

ImTheOneThatKnocks Sat 08-Nov-14 10:34:55

It sounds ok to me. I love those shows too.

JamaicanMeCrazy Sat 08-Nov-14 10:41:49

I think he sounds fab smile

I don't see an issue with it at all, he is learning about the world in a safe environment where he can ask questions if he needs reassurance. I do the same with my dcs and I think as long as they aren't upset by it all it is is a learning opportunity.

My ds is 7 and his favourite programmes are countdown and come dine with me grin

WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 10:42:14

Must admit, it's far preferable having these shows on rather than constant cartoons. Kids cartoons nowadays are generally rubbish - give me some good old fashioned violent Tom and Jerry any day.

WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 10:44:41

Thanks Jamaican smile - countdown is another favourite with ds. He makes me pause the TV though so he has extra time to try and make words or do the maths, so it takes ages!

Just as a disclaimer - all of this sounds like ds is in front of the TV constantly - he's really not!

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Sat 08-Nov-14 10:48:10

I vividly remember watching casualty with my older sister from the age of about 5 and acting out graphic medical scenes with our dolls. I don't think it damaged either of us and only fuelled our imaginations. ok there was a bit of hammy acting when we "lost a patient" and they were taken to the morgue but still.

I think as long as you answer his questions he asks in relation to all of it theres no harm. that said I have never watched either programme. as for knowing the names of 2 drugs so what? its not bad words after all. good way to start educating him about them imo.

gamerchick Sat 08-Nov-14 10:52:13

I don't think there's a problem with anything you've said. Maybe it'll stay with him to be a doctor in the making.

I can't even let my youngest watch age appropriate things because it affects his behaviour angry

WalkingInMemphis Sat 08-Nov-14 10:57:42

Currently he wants to be an ambulance driver gamer. He has considered the possibilities in depth and for him it's the perfect mix of being able to help people whilst being allowed to drive really, really fast lol.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Sat 08-Nov-14 11:03:24

DD's thing was Buffy from when she was 7.

I like to think that it set a good example. Problem solving, voluntary religious work, relationship issues and eye watering violence.

SexualBernieClifton Sat 08-Nov-14 11:10:20

my 8yo loves police interceptors, countdown, the apprentice and watchdog.

interesting conversation with granny:

granny was helping DS do a code word and the word was 'drugs'. DS informed granny that magic mushrooms were drugs!

Oldraver Sat 08-Nov-14 11:22:10

DS loved Real A+E (probably as his big brother was on it) his other favourite was Border Control...

Now with BC, it also mentions Cocaine and Cannabis as they have 'finds' in the postal place. DS got these confused and one day said.

"Thats like Daddy's cocaine in his baccy tin".... OH does have a baccy tin but with ...tobacco in. He had seen the finds on tv, mistook cannibis as it looked like 'baccy' and got the words confused......it took some explaining

Mrsjayy Sat 08-Nov-14 11:28:38

I think its fine any language is bleeped, out during the day least he isn't driving you demented with cbeebies or nickoldian like mine used to watch, my dd watch how its made oh how I hate it,

Nibledbyducks Sat 08-Nov-14 11:31:07

YANBU, have you thought about enrolling him in St John Ambulance Badgers?

TheFairyCaravan Sat 08-Nov-14 11:34:20

When DS2 was little there was a program called City Hospital on in the mornings on BBC1. All his friends would be watching Teletubbies and the like, and he'd be saying "I watch Gaby, Mummy" (it was presented by Gaby Rosslin at the time). I remember one day he was ill, and he was lying on the sofa sick bowl in hand, still watching the operations! grin

He's almost 18 now, is still obsessed with all things medical on the TV, and is applying to universities to do adult nursing, with the aim of being a nurse in a major trauma unit!

Squeegle Sat 08-Nov-14 11:35:16

I think it's ok on balance. My DS loves all the police programmes. I think they're good in a way cos the programmes are always on the side of law and order. My DS is v anti drugs, dangerous driving etc - I think it's cos of all those programmes. Long may it continue smile

Mine is 9 but loves Nothing to Declare. He thinks it's horrifying that people would spoil their holiday for drugs. He would much rather go to Australia and see a kangaroo and stuff!

Ir1na Sat 08-Nov-14 16:01:28

Not seeing the problem - I've been interested in that kind of thing and horror movies since I was a child and it's never done me any harm, although other people thought it was weird! I still like watching both now, by the way. smile

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