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to be fed up of seeing eco propaganda on Cbeebies??

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scottishmum007 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:24:59

just wondering if it's me, but it's starting to get nauseating now hearing and seeing all this eco friendly this eco friendly that every minute of the day on Cbeebies.
Nina and Neurons used to be brilliant and then it turned into Nina and the Neurons - GO ECO!!!

I'm all for helping save the planet, but fgs, chill out with the eco friendly stuff, it's bordering on brainwashing.

RubySlippers Wed 16-Jul-08 19:27:04

well i think it goes over my 2 year old's head

but why not? better to brainwash to buy a packet of seeds or to recycle rather than nag mum or dad to buy chocolate or some over priced tatt

juneybean Wed 16-Jul-08 19:27:15

It bothers me in general not just on CBeebies hehe

scottishmum007 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:29:16

juneybean, what other stuff have you seen? I've flicked to CITV and it isn't half as bad on there.
I know i could just let DS watch DVDs like Buttonmoon (which we do have lurking around somewhere...) but itsjust easier to switch on the TV channel and he likes Lunar Jim and Something Special and Postman Pat and many others..

litterbug Wed 16-Jul-08 19:30:28


We had no mention of this stuff when I was small and grew up oblivious to it and the effects of it.

If we start children off from a young age being aware of these issues hopefully recycling and being aware of their planet will come naturally and they will do more than we are doing now when their generation grows up!

scottishmum007 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:35:02

it's almost like indoctrination. I am BU, but it just annoys me that's all. I know it's right to try and promote eco friendliness I just don't think it's right to go as far as they are going on about it on CBeebies.
The Green Balloon Club really gets on my nerves I hve to admit. It's the silly song at the end, it nearly has you sucked into it all.

MrsTiddles Wed 16-Jul-08 19:38:58

Well I know what you mean in terms of having the same message thrust at you daily can be a bit boring

but to be honest, despite a recycling scandal in my area (they were dumping it all in the rubbish despite our cleaning and separating out paper, card, plastic, metal etc)

I have recommenced recycling with a vengance and I tell my almost 2 yr old DS what I'm doing.

And I know its in part due to Cbeebies.

But Nina and her Neurons get on my tits anyway. She has been doing the show too long now, her smile is cracking and her jolity feels forced.

Mercy Wed 16-Jul-08 19:39:46

propoganda yes and fair enough, but indoctrination, brainwashing? Yabu!

I don't agree with all green initiatives but I think it's great for kids to learn the basics.

MrsTiddles Wed 16-Jul-08 19:40:05

OH I missed your comment on green ballon club.

everythign about it is ok except that weird adult presenter who pretends to be a kid. She's not no irony, I keep hoping to see it but its like she's brainwashed.

scottishmum007 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:42:21

is she an adult? me and DH have been trying to figure out what her age is MrsTiddles. Does anyone know how old she is?
think i may need to google this one...
she just looks odd amongst all those other kids on green balloon club.

scottishmum007 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:43:17

Nina is WAY too jolly. How can anyone smile all that time on a programme?? I've nothing against those who want tobe happy, but it's a bit fake tbh.

scottishmum007 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:44:20

Im actually surprised no one else has started a thread on Cbeebies eco stuff, and how annoying it is.
I decided to bite the bullet and start one myself and get flamed for my contraversial views shock

MrsTiddles Wed 16-Jul-08 19:47:08

she has to be an adult she has big boobs and is about 3 feet taller than anyone else.

I wondered why they had bothered with her at all as she's not got an adult presence and the other presenters are real children without the affectation of being children, iyswim

Turniphead1 Wed 16-Jul-08 19:54:50

Wait til Wall-E comes out, those who are bothered by the pervasiveness of the eco-message.

Personally, it doesn't bother me. Don't waste stuff is a fairly benign message in my view!

TheHedgeWitch Wed 16-Jul-08 20:03:14

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ChukkyPig Wed 16-Jul-08 20:04:30

scottishmum I haven't actually seen it but that hasn't stopped me from forming an opinion!

I agree that shoving a single message down the throats of small children is not really a good thing. Environmentally friendly approaches are fine, the problem is that people should understand the facts and make informed decisions. Just telling tiny kids, who aren't known for their ability to interrogate and consider, what is right and wrong on such a complicated topic isn't really on.

The problem is that today's eco-solution often turns out to be horribly bad for the planet in another way.

Are the children's programs also hammering messages of ending war, starvation, brutality? Do they go on about how rampant consumerism is a huge problem? While simultaneously flogging plastic crap related to the program? I'm guessing not. Being environmentally friendly though is seen as a simple child friendly concept and is the current hot topic and so they are thoroughly overdoing it.

Not bad for someone who hasn't actually seen it... I can imagine though...

TheHedgeWitch Wed 16-Jul-08 20:11:18

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MrsTiddles Wed 16-Jul-08 20:19:19

BBC's April Press Release, refers to FOUR children and a presenter:

Dubbed a "green Famous Five", The Green Balloon Club features four eco-warrior children and a dog, plus films by Bill Oddie and BBC Natural History Unit presenter Chris Howard.

The programme follows the popular junior versions of Springwatch and Autumnwatch and will begin at the end of this year's Springwatch.

Each week, the children appear to fly around the country in a balloon, looking at wildlife and visiting schools and other children who are trying to improve the environment.

More than 300 children auditioned for the Eco-Beebies roles and have been given character names corresponding with their special areas of interest.

Lily-Rose is played by Isabella Blake-Thomas and she specialises in botany; Ant, played by Adam Wells, presents insect-related features; Cat, played by Thai Murray-Edwards, focuses on animals; and Jay, played by Jake Pratt, presents pieces about birds.

They are accompanied on their adventures by Skye the balloonist, played by Debbie Korley.

Ohireallyshouldnt Wed 16-Jul-08 20:33:44

My DS1 (5) never really understood about recycling when i have explained it to him (numerous times) but is now really keen on that Recycling Song tat they song on CBeebies. (Th one i find nauseating). Anyway, now he is pleased to go and put stuff in "the green bin", so i am pleased that its hit home to him. I don't think its brainwashing, just a simple way to let the next generation know whats important, through song and films. Harmless.

DeeRiguer Wed 16-Jul-08 20:37:25

chukky pig i agree (though havent seen much tv lately ds gone off it for a bit)
it does appear to be a message that is rammed by cbeebies though..
and although i agree with it, but as one measly lowly consumer i feel i can do no more personally until it is re-dressed to food suppliers, supermarkets et al..and tackled with aforethought by local government
its them that should be bombarded by instruction and the green ballon club (vom) sounds awful,..not us or our kids..

GivePeasAChance Wed 16-Jul-08 20:38:14

I have briefly --turned off-- watched some eco babble on cbeebies. It is a political message on a childrens public broadcasting channel and is pathetic.

I already have DS1 moaning on about saving electricity having been brainwashed at school.....

Wrong on so many levels

MrsTiddles Wed 16-Jul-08 20:42:28

political? [hum]

its a subject used and discussed by politicians but its not political in itself

spicemonster Wed 16-Jul-08 20:45:07

YABU - they need to think about this stuff from the word go or we're all going to fry. What is much more pressing is that Granny whatever-she's-called woman who can't be more than 35. Surely that's encouraging teenage pregnancies? shock


ChukkyPig Wed 16-Jul-08 20:45:48

What would really help the future of the planet, via children, would be to teach them maths well at primary school. And ditch this whole dual science GCSE thing and do it properly. Teach them about the earth and the planets and the delicate balance of nature and how it all fits together and how it all works. Not just with stories but with the sciences.

Then we might raise a generation of children who will grow into adults who really can make a difference. Not just ones who know to always switch the lights off but don't really understand why.

Bring back Johnny Ball!!!

mrsruffallo Wed 16-Jul-08 21:04:56

I don't know why it would annoy you. Children do actually find the enviromental messages interesting-they like the responsibility of making world a cleaner, safer place (I think that's how the song goes)

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