Peppa Pig - Bad influence on children?

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PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 11:50:44

I am a stay at home mum to my 2 year old son, Dexter (Dex). He has loved Peppa Pig since I can remember and for his Christmas last year he received all the Peppa Pig toys available from ourselves (me & my partner) & out families.

He especially loves George, I am guessing he detects they are of similar age & relates to his love for Dinosaurs, Rockets & Trains. As apposed to Peppa who likes things like teddies, fairies etc. Up until recently we never had Sky so his only opportunities to watch Peppa Pig was through DVDs we had bought him and 2 (5 minute) episodes in the morning which we would often miss anyway. The episodes on the 3 DVDs we have seemed fine, there was nothing I noticed that would influence Dex into behaving badly or repeating words or actions I didn't approve of.

We have had sky for a short while now and I have Peppa Pig on series record so we have 100+ episodes readily available, he has (quickly) learned that Peppa Pig can be played at any time and also knows that the advertisements can be skipped by fast forwarding. This has resulted in him wanting Peppa on most of the time, the majority of that time I tell him it's not "TV" time yet and he will have to wait (I don't want him glued to the TV at the age of two so we play with his toys whilst learning, singing, reading, watching videos on youtube that helps him count past 10 etc) as I don't want him watching TV all day.

Peppa has been on quite a lot non the less and I am constantly seeing new episodes I haven't seen before. The more I see the more alarmed I am at the choice of behavior put into this "cartoon".

Firstly, George Pig (who my son loves and in a way, looks up to) does nothing but cry, he cries over silly things and this is always welcomed by Mummy & Daddy Pig. I do not want my son thinking it is acceptable to cry for something he wants and that adults retaliate by giving them the item they are crying for. Luckily, he hasn't seemed to pick up on this and knows that he ASKS for something and if he isn't allowed, he isn't allowed - crying will not change that.

George also says "YUCK" at vegetables and only wants to eat chocolate cake. He ends up eating the veg when they are manipulated to make a dinosaur shape. Again, my son is really good with his veg but a day after watching that episode wouldn't eat his Cucumber & Tomatoes. I didn't want to cut them up to make them into a Dinosaur just so he would eat them as I know he loves his veg.

Peppa is very, very cheeky & bratty. The adults never seem to have much of a say in the house. They both (P & G) blow raspberries in temper. There is an episode where it's a talent contest in school & Peppa grits her teeth and shouts at her friend, again - not something I want being picked up by my toddler. Dex is a lone child so this isn't a big worry for me but Peppa is nasty to her little brother and constantly reminds everyone of how he can't do things because he's only little.

There was an episode where they were baking Daddy Pig a cake for his birthday, they stir the mixture and George starts being very rough and flicking the mixture everywhere, not something I took notice of until we baked some cakes ourselves and Rex purposely started flicking the mixture on the cupboards etc. Before he watched that episode he had always mixed nicely, of course getting messy but not on purpose.

They go into Daddy Pigs work and basically cause havoc which is widely accepted by all, they hammer the buttons on the computer and print lots of paper out and everyone just laughs.

My biggest worry is the abuse given to Daddy pig about his weight. Peppa is constantly making rude remarks about "Daddys big fat belly". He wasn't allowed in her tree house because he was too fat. When these remarks are made, mummy pig also laughs. Myself or my partner are slim but I dread Dex calling somebody fat or the like.

I almost fell off my chair a year ago when I heard a friend had stopped her child from watching Peppa Pig as this show was the only one I sort of trusted my son to watch as it seemed cute, family orientated, morally good!

My dillemia is, my son totally loves Peppa Pig (& nothing else really) so it would be very harsh to not allow him to watch it. I haven't got the time to review all the episodes before he watches them. I do however sometimes mute the TV when I know a bad bit is coming up, specifically the ones about Daddy being fat. I'm going to look like a right snotty nosed mare but I've put 100% into bringing my son up the right way and demonstrating good morals for that to be thrown away by a silly childrens program.

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ItDoesntBodenWell Mon 19-Sep-11 11:53:48

Lol, very good grin

PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 11:56:31

Very good?

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SheWhoMustNotBeFlamed Mon 19-Sep-11 11:57:48

Dex or Rex? Make u0 your mind, do.

Haagendazs Mon 19-Sep-11 11:57:54

Ohh have my first biscuit

mamsnet Mon 19-Sep-11 11:58:25

Maybe you need to get out more grin

AndiMac Mon 19-Sep-11 11:59:50

Why not watch it with him and put in some commentary like, "That wasn't very nice of Peppa to shout at George, was it?" or "Do you blow bubbles at the table? No, that's right, we don't do that, do we?" etc etc.

I agree that Peppa and George aren't the best behaved role models out there, but then again, it is a cartoon and they are pigs. Delete all your recorded episodes if you think it's really a problem and then deal with the fallout.


happymole Mon 19-Sep-11 12:00:34


happymole Mon 19-Sep-11 12:02:46

AndiMac I just spat coffee out laughing at, it is a cartoon and they are pigs

SenoritaViva Mon 19-Sep-11 12:05:11

What a hilarious post, cheered me up no end! I do hope you aren't being serious.

AmazingBouncingFerret Mon 19-Sep-11 12:05:54

turn the freaking tv off then.

DamselInDisarray Mon 19-Sep-11 12:07:18

I do hope the OP is being serious. The idea that there are people out there with so little to worry about that they compose long posts on MN about the dangers of Peppa pig is so hilarious that I want it to be real.

SoupDragon Mon 19-Sep-11 12:11:29

What about Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom?
You have one race doing all the work whilst the other swans about doing magic.

Not only that, Princess Holly keeps being disruptive and exhibiting naughty behaviour by doing what she has been told not to do. What if my child begins turning her friends into, say, frogs?

PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 12:11:40

It is half hearted, I wanted to see what other parents thought of Daddy Pig constantly being called (more or less) a Fat B*****d, apparently he has body dysmorphia because of those evil little pigs!

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SoupDragon Mon 19-Sep-11 12:12:31

To be fair, he is a fat pig.

PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 12:13:00

Unfortunately Soup, I haven't had the pleasure of watching that! Racial discrimination eh? LOL!

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Honeydragon Mon 19-Sep-11 12:13:56

Is Dex/Rex a real human boy or porcine at all. As aforementioned posters have mentioned the protagonists of this shocking behaviour are pigs, rabbits, cats, gazelles etc. They are not renowned for their strong stance on morality*.

*nor are 2 year olds btw

Honeydragon Mon 19-Sep-11 12:16:01

He's a pig he's meant to be fat, he'd have issues if he was thin!

Soup, I often wonder why the Elves don't down tools and rebel?

PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 12:16:08

On a more serious note, I am going to find him something better to watch though because he has been picking up bad behaviour from them.

On another more serious note, how do people here get to post so much on a daily basis? Surely this is for parents then how have people got the time to post so much O.o ?

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Honeydragon Mon 19-Sep-11 12:17:03

We let the dcs watch Peppa Pig then go out and play with traffic after lunch hmm

BodyUnknown Mon 19-Sep-11 12:17:10

Hahaha, what was your son's name again? Rexter?

PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 12:17:58

Honey - don't try and be a clever twat. Try being the word for the bird here.

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Honeydragon Mon 19-Sep-11 12:19:51

Ooooh name calling did you pick that up from Peppa Pig grin

PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 12:20:00

Rextor/Dextor. (Anything you like but his real name). One cartoon that does creep me out is ITNG, I'm sure the producers are on acid.

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PippaParry Mon 19-Sep-11 12:20:49

Honey, where are your kids now? School/nursery I hope.

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