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17th Mar 2022

Shows like Bluey and Peppa Pig are actually bad for kids, expert warns

Kat O'Connor

Is it time to say goodbye to Bluey and Peppa Pig?

They may keep the kids quiet on a rainy Monday afternoon, but it looks like shows such as Peppa Pig and Bluey could be causing more harm than good.

A child behaviour expert has revealed popular shows like Paw Patrol, Bluey, Peppa Pig and more are causing children to misbehave more.

These popular TV shows are sending negative messages to children, a behavioural expert told Fabulous.

Sophie Giles told the publication that shows like Bluey encourage tantrums and send poor messages about family.

She explained, “In Bluey, for example, the daddy’s constantly being bullied because everybody calls him a bit silly, a bit stupid, a bit crazy, a bit whatever – nobody listens to him. He gets disparaged quite a lot in the show.”

“He laughs about it, but actually, it doesn’t make for very pleasant watching as an adult and the parents just do whatever the children want most of the time, which again, isn’t really real life,” Sophie added.

“The children tend to have mini tantrums every time they’re asked to do something ‘boring’, which I suppose is real life, but again you don’t want to necessarily suggest that kind of behaviour to your child.”

The expert said the best thing parents can do is to watch an episode before introducing their child to shows like Bluey and Peppa Pig.

She said this will ensure that you have a better understanding of the content they’re being exposed to.

Sophie added that these shows can often have poor representation.

“If you look at Paw Patrol, there’s only one female character in it. She’s Skye and she’s dressed in pink and she’s a bit wussy in comparison to all of the other characters.”

Sophie encouraged parents to find other, more educational shows for their children to watch.

She believes Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Bluey, Little Princess and Fireman Sam cause the most issues amongst children.

She stressed that there are so many other shows that children can benefit from.

But how can we possibly tear them away from Bluey? They’re completely addicted.

Answers on a postcard, please.