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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 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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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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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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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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5inthebed · 19/09/2011 13:21

"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 is only 2, and you can't remember when he started liking it? ANd you've bought him all the toys there was. Sounds a bit spoilt to me.

DS3 is 2, and loves Peppa Pig, loves George and loves jumping in muddy puddles. He still eat cucumber and tomatoes, prefers oranges to chocolate cake and has a few Peppa/George toys.

Maybe you as the parent should limit the amount of Peppa Pig he watches.

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KylieG · 19/09/2011 20:04

my son also loves peppa pig, i have no issue with him watching it and he doesnt copy any behavoir
if your not happy with it then stop him watching it... simple! it wont take him long to find something else that interests him! trust me!

As for daddy pig... he is a fat pig lol!
if he doesnt pick name calling up from a tv then he will definatly pick it up from somewhere else, its your job to make sur that he understands that name calling is wrong!

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olivo · 19/09/2011 20:43

I have just laughed till i cried, thanks to this thread Grin

PP has hero status in our house. I will hear NOTHING said against her!

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 20:58

Kylie, I don't think the op is against a bit of name calling Wink

5inthebed good point, at least I now know why this stuff is merchandised, I didn't realise one person would be buying it all though Shock


Those of you interested in the extent of the pram diving dd's head, I've stuck the pics on my profile. She has now resumed her normal activities of sofa diving and dog surfing, with intermittent breaks to point to her head and go "ouch" in her most solemn voice. Grin

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MissTinaTeaspoon · 19/09/2011 21:08

OP you should ask Mummy Pig where her children are. She is clearly a mnetter. She refuses to play Happy Mrs Chicken until she has done all of her 'work' on the computer Wink

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5inthebed · 19/09/2011 21:42

Oh her poor little head! She still looks really sweet though. Just looked at your photos, was that a baby under your top or were you just excited to e that person Grin

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5inthebed · 19/09/2011 21:43

e - see

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Honeydragon · 19/09/2011 21:49

there is teeny sleepy person in there....I miss that, she didn't bang her head in there.

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Firawla · 20/09/2011 08:35

just limit it op, if he watches too much of anything it can become a bad influence so just tell him 1 or 2 episodes not letting him watch it continuously?

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ladybutterfly1 · 20/09/2011 10:17

i cant believe im hearing this is this for real

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Honeydragon · 20/09/2011 10:20

it gets funnier the more times you read it Grin

Firawla, has a good point, 100 episodes could be considered overkill op.

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SoupDragon · 20/09/2011 10:25

I won't hear a word against Peppa Pig. This morning, Daddy, Peppa and George brought Mrs Pig breakfast in bed because it was her birthday. Breakfast in bed!

They also had a surprise party for her but I missed how that turned out.

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Thumbwitch · 20/09/2011 10:26

I expect they all ended up on their backs snorting as usual, Soupy Wink

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Honeydragon · 20/09/2011 10:32

I let DD watch Ben & Holly this morning Soup...I am pleased to report she hasn't gone off to storm the monarchy yet.

Thumb, do you find the plot a leetle bit predictable? Grin

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SoupDragon · 20/09/2011 10:35

I think that was later, after the children had gone to bed, thumbwitch.

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SoupDragon · 20/09/2011 10:36

Holly was cheating at Hide and Seek last night and had to be reminded by Ben's mother again that elves don't do magic when she wanted to speed up the cake baking. A shocking example to children: cheating and not listening.

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Thumbwitch · 20/09/2011 10:38

at soupy

Just a touch, honey! I do avoid it like the plague though, it's just so fatuous!

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BarmyBiscuit · 20/09/2011 14:11

My son has grew out of Ben and Holly. I miss it.

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Honeydragon · 20/09/2011 14:51

Ds (8) and I fight over supervision rights to DD when Ben & Holly is on Wink

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2ddornot2dd · 20/09/2011 22:41

I am actually frequently suprised by the educational content of PP - My DD knows that the moon is made of rock and ice, that honey comes from bees collecting nectar, and lots more that she has purely learnt from PP (oh the shame)

My children are in bed - I notice the OP never saw fit to tell us where hers were.

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mrsandy · 09/01/2012 08:44

after seeing this 'reported' in a 'newspaper' and seeing your replies, i have decided i love you all very deeply. x

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