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Peppa Pig - Bad influence on children?
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PippaParry · 19/09/2011 11:50

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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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 13:17

there was that great thread about the op bemoaning that Peppa was making her dc talk posh Grin

I love the Vocab on Ben Holly and Peppa

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SpringHeeledJack · 19/09/2011 13:07

one FABULOUS thing about PP (I say this as a veteran plonker of dcs in front of telly before school) is that the vocab is age appropriate, the plots are simple and the jokes are hilaaarious to toddlers

actually, that's some fabulous things.

watch some kids telly- you'll find that most things with a 'story' are just about unfollowable to the very small

hope dd feels better soon, honeydragon

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HerdOfTinyElephants · 19/09/2011 12:57

I bet you've been showing her the "George falls from his pushchair with Hideous Consequences" episode of PP, haven't you?

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 12:55

Tobey ... so true Sad, but I don't have a 100 episodes in my planner.

someone think of the children

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 12:52

It was after dropping ds of at school of junior terrorism. We were on our way to dd's Tiddlers knife throwing group. but ended up at the Dr's in a huge snotty, bloody mess. So proper parenting has been curtailed for the duration and we've watched loads of tv this morning. Although Calpol and lunch now I think

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TobyLeWolef · 19/09/2011 12:51

If you'd just plonked her in front of Peppa Pig like a good parent, Honey, instead of being a twat and trying to take her outside, it would never have happened.

Your own fault, really.

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SoupDragon · 19/09/2011 12:49

(hope she bounces back from her injury)

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SoupDragon · 19/09/2011 12:49

had she been watching that episode of Peppa Pig called Pram Stunts with George?

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Thumbwitch · 19/09/2011 12:46

Poor DD, honey!! Hope she is ok :(.

Would that have been while you were out doing parenty things with your DD? Outside? As in, not in front of the tv?

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 12:44

Ongoing issue, we're getting it sorted, shouldn't cause safety issues, have just informed the company that it now has. Won't name & shame as they deserve the chance to be informed and you know which prams I have

It tipped today and she banged her head, awful nothing I could do Sad

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lockets · 19/09/2011 12:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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HerdOfTinyElephants · 19/09/2011 12:43

"People here" manage to confine their musings about Peppa Pig to a single paragraph and use the spare time that you then devoted to writing a further eleven paragraphs on the subject to writing eleven further posts instead. HTH.

On the off-chance that you are genuine, you are the parent. If you think that your child is reacting badly to watching Peppa Pig, or Tikkabilla, or Iconicles, or anything else, then you make the decision not to watch it any more (or go back to your DVDs), just as with other decisions about what your child does.

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lockets · 19/09/2011 12:43

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 12:41

I don't have a Rex or Dex Sad

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Debs75 · 19/09/2011 12:41

Toby teletubbies was a huge hit here, DD1 took her tubbies everywhere with her and it was a guaranteed 25 mins a day peace for us.

Honey Hope she is ok, how did the pram break?

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Thumbwitch · 19/09/2011 12:39

Soupy, ha - is that the PC version of Sesame Street? With "Differently Sized Bird" and "Oscar the Slightly Unhappy"? Grin

I hate Peppa Pig, btw. and the Teletubbies - vile.

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lockets · 19/09/2011 12:39

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Debs75 · 19/09/2011 12:39

It's a cartoon which is on a TV which you as the parent have control of.

If you don't like pigs as role models then pick another role model for your son. Or maybe go the whole hogGrin and not put the TV on for him at all and play, read and interact with him all day.
My DD is 3 and she adores Peppa and George but she doesn't turn into a veg hating, crying monster after watching it. Let him watch something educational. DD's fave programme last year was Countdown and she learnt all her letters and numbers off that.

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 12:39

as an aside I am sat here with dd she has a head injury, due to a faulty pushchair breaking.

And if you want to be serious

  1. Both my dc's watched Peppa Pig and are well behaved children, as they have the sense not to copy others. I did this thing called parenting

  2. I work from home this is my down time when I get it

  3. personal attacks are not allowed on this site

  4. If you asterix Bastard you real should do the same for twat

  5. Please get a hobby, your ds will thank for it.
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SpringHeeledJack · 19/09/2011 12:37

I loved Teletubbies

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SpringHeeledJack · 19/09/2011 12:37

Interesting points, Pippa. I stopped my husband watching Peppa Pig as he kept jumping in muddy puddles

now he mostly watches Babestation and Top Gear

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TobyLeWolef · 19/09/2011 12:37

I actually NEVER allowed my children to watch Teletubbies. It was the only programme I actively banned.

True story.

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SoupDragon · 19/09/2011 12:35

what about the Teletubbies, BTW? All that gibberish and custard throwing and a subservient vacuum cleaner who had to deal with the mess.

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SoupDragon · 19/09/2011 12:34

'Isn't the word for the bird "Big" ,

I think you mean "differently sized"

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SoupDragon · 19/09/2011 12:33

my children are all at school. Where is your child, Pippa?

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