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BarneyRumbleton Tue 25-Apr-17 21:38:51

Just wondering about kids and TV soaps. Do you let them watch them and what age from?
Some of the topics covered are pretty gritty, e.g. The current Rhona & Pierce storyline in Emmerdale. Soaps are really good at raising awareness and encouraging people to talk about difficult issues, but I sometimes wonder if they should save it for after the watershed.
On the other hand, they offer a way to open up tricky conversations with youngsters.
But 7-8pm is pretty early.
Thoughts?

HallowedMimic Tue 25-Apr-17 21:42:19

I've never watched them. I'm not sure the kids even know what they are.

They watch stuff on Netflix, Prime, Now TV, etc.

My 14 year old watches NCIS and things like that, but no soaps.

CrazedZombie Tue 25-Apr-17 21:44:39

My kids don't watch a lot of TV. They prefer more targeted stuff on YouTube, Netflix etc

I watch the odd soap but they aren't interested at all.

SavoyCabbage Tue 25-Apr-17 21:47:45

I don't think my kids have ever heard of them. One of mine is watching Riverdale on Netflix and the other one is watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

I use the Common Sense media website to help me decide if the can watch something.

Somerville Tue 25-Apr-17 21:48:48

Kids don't watch Tv anymore, so they? Mine don't, at least.
It's all Netflix and YouTube.

Allthewaves Tue 25-Apr-17 21:49:56

I don't let them watch soaps. If I want to watch them in record and watch later

Allthewaves Tue 25-Apr-17 21:50:24

But mine r 8 and under

FeckinCrutches Tue 25-Apr-17 21:51:00

I don't know any kids who watch soaps!

2014newme Tue 25-Apr-17 21:52:06

I don't think kids watch soaps any more but I would say age 13

My older 2 are adults and I don't think they've ever watched soaps, we don't watch soaps so my younger 2 have never seen them.

gillybeanz Tue 25-Apr-17 21:58:19

My dd is 13 and will occasionally catch up with corrie.
There have been times when we have met some of the actors, through work not as stalkers or anything.
She likes to think that they are normal families, but she's not normal. grin
She's been watching it for years, but not the after 9 episodes that seem to take the nasty bits out.
Her favourite is Midsummer Murder.grin

gillybeanz Tue 25-Apr-17 21:59:18

ffs "somer" what a twat blush

PeaFaceMcgee Tue 25-Apr-17 22:03:56

I'd not permit until 13, if they were on. Argued with parents who thought I was OTT for not wanting to sit 4yo DD in front of shouty violent EastEnders.

booellesmum Tue 25-Apr-17 22:08:57

DD2 age 12 watches Casualty.
Neither her nor DD1 age 15 have ever watched Eastenders/ Coronation St.etc.
They do watch a lot of stuff on Netflix though.

BarneyRumbleton Tue 25-Apr-17 22:09:55

DS is 11 and has got right into Emmerdale and Corrie but Emmerdale's been quite dark the last few days. He says he's ok with it but I'm thinking we might have to be busy at 7pm for a few weeks.

AgathaMystery Tue 25-Apr-17 22:10:31

Never watched them. They look super depressing.

RiversrunWoodville Tue 25-Apr-17 22:16:40

Yes my dd was asking some awkward questions tonight we were all out last night with sick dd2 so missed the actual assault (if it was shown) but it has made me think I might need to record things as she's reached the age now to take a bit more notice rather than just going out to play or being put to bed hmm. She's only 7 and goes to bed between 7.30 and 8 so I'm thinking changes will have to be made

icelolly99 Tue 25-Apr-17 22:17:43

We don't watch any soaps; the TV I never on during normal 'soap' programme time. I don't think they're suitable for children from some of the storylines I see 'highlighted' on the internet.

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