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04th Jul 2018

Mum explains why she lets her preteen watch Love Island…and parents are horrified

Keeley Ryan

It’s not exactly the most family-friendly of shows.

And one mum has come under fire after revealing that she lets her 12-year-old daughter watch Love Island. 

The woman said that she lets her pre-teen tune in as “most of her friends watch it”, but she switches the channel or turns down the volume if something inappropriate happens on-screen.

She added on Netmums:

“I think most of it is fine though, just the occasional thing I’m not happy her listening to or watching.”

The general consensus was that she shouldn’t be letting her daughter watch Love Island, as it wasn’t “suitable” television.

One mum commented:

“Think some of the conversations and behaviour are not appropriate and I don’t really want her thinking that you go on telly meet someone and have sex with them just like that!”

Another admitted that while they “probably” would let their pre-teen watch it, they would put an emphasis on the fact that it is designed for entertainment.

They wrote:

“I probably would, but I’d talk to her about how it’s designed for entertainment. It’s not something she should learn about relationships from.

A different mum explained how she and her daughter watch it together, but she has “explained to her that it’s reality TV and some parts are staged,” adding:

“We’ve talked about how certain people’s behaviour isn’t good, and she understands, she’s said herself ‘Mum it isn’t always about what people look like is it’, she’s very sensible and does have her favourite (girl, thank goodness).”

Someone else pointed out that the ITV2 show may end up raising issues with body image down the line.

The woman said:

“I think not only is it an issue with the portrayal of quite adult themes but also it could raise issues with body image. I’m 25 and it makes me feel insecure watching those girls with amazing bodies and I’m happy with how I look.

“Those kind of shows can give tweens a false impression of what ‘real’ people look like and can make them feel insecure about how they look.”