If you have little ones in the house, you’ve certainly heard of Peppa Pig. The British preschool show has gained enormous popularity in the States recently, but experts say you should skip the show on your playlist. According to researchers, Peppa Pig may be teaching your child more bad than good.
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Peppa Pig. The popular television show has grabbed the attention of tykes everywhere. She’s simple and cute and Americans love her adorable British accent. She’s “the next big thing” in preschool paraphernalia.
She’s Everywhere. There’s Peppa Pig pajamas, parades, pull-ups and pillows. You can find her in every toy store on the planet and it’s hard to avoid the charm when your little one is mesmerized.
What Are They Teaching? As a parent of a three-year-old, I fully get it. Having a few minutes to get things done while your little one is entertained is priceless. Internet trolls can hate on me all they want for resorting to television to help give time for household chores, but that’s fine. I don’t mind.
Not Priceless. The problem is, it isn’t actually priceless. Kids pick up a LOT – that’s not news. But we need to be cautious of what they’re picking up.
Kids Show. Just because it’s a children’s show, does not automatically make it the best for kids. That was my biggest mistake.
Not Safe. Just because a television program is aired on a family channel – Nick Jr in this case – doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for your family to watch. Unless you like temper tantrums and fat shaming.
Fat Shaming. If you’ve ever watched the show (instead of using it as a babysitter as I’ve done), you’ll hear Peppa repeatedly fat shame her father. A lot.
Daddy Pig. Speaking of daddy pig, he isn’t exactly the best role model himself, but he isn’t the worst. He is simply not a good example of a strong parent-type by letting her get away with way more than my child ever would.
She’s Mouthy. She talks back quite frequently to her mommy pig too. It’s a bad scenario all around for kids to see. Unless you like your tyke mouthing off to you. In that case, carry on.
The Example. The problem, is that kids don’t understand she’s just a cartoon. Experts claim, “Children that age don’t differentiate between fantasy and reality. A two-year-old thinks if Peppa Pig pokes her tongue when she’s angry, for example, I’ll poke my tongue when I’m angry.”
Temper Tantrums. Kids will emulate what they see. It’s how they learn. Peppa Pig is an excellent example of what NOT to do. “Research has found time and time again that programs displaying aggression or violence encourage that behavior in children – especially when they’re at school,” one expert stated.
Emotional Literacy. It’s important that children learn what not to do as well as what is acceptable behavior. If you like Peppa Pig, watch it with your child and use it as a learning experience for what not to do.
The Anti-Role Model. If your child is suddenly walking around throwing temper tantrums when they didn’t before – it may be the “threenager” phase – but it may also be fueled by what they see on television. Try picking a different show that’s a bit more “calm” or at least doesn’t include a temper-tantrum-throwing “heroine”.
Heed the Warnings. What our children see in images will shape who they become. We have seen the results of the studies on Barbie and the skewed body image issues that causes in children. Watching a “lovable character” who frequently mouths off to her parents and throws temper tantrums, will affect your children in much the same way.
Too Harsh? Trust me, this momma is not judging others for their choices. I’m just sharing my own experiences and what they’ve caused in my household and my shock in not seeing it sooner. Be mindful of what your kids are watching – it will shape them in ways you didn’t think possible.
Source : RebelCircus