Being around for 15 years and counting, Peppa Pig might actually be doing something right, right? The show is a British animated series targeted for preschoolers. The story revolves around the life of the eponymous character, Peppa Pig, her family of anthropomorphic pigs, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George Pig, and her friends. Peppa has been the butt of many memes, and most recently, people found out the 4-year-old pig is actually 7-feet tall!
Peppa Pig being a bad influence on kids is a debate that has been around for a long time. Most people argue that the show depicts the reality – children with colorful characteristics who throw tantrums in real life. And yet, others argue that for a show that is supposed to influence kids, it could do better.
Regardless of the memes and the comments, Peppa is still so relevant that she actually just released her own album this year entitled ‘My First Album.’ But why exactly do they say Peppa Pig is a bad influence for your kids?
Kids could adapt her expression ‘Yuck’ or her pig snort
Like any other show out there, frequent binge watching could result in kids subtly adapting the character’s actions and attitude. Peppa has a British accent and parents report that sometimes their kids are starting to acquire the accent too. Now accents aren’t bad but if they start subconsciously copying Peppa’s pig snort and her ‘Yuck!’ response to everything, it’s a crisis. Excessive snorting coming your way!
Peppa is rude to her friends
One of the many Peppa Pig clips circling on the internet an episode where Peppa was on the phone bemoaning to her friend about her inability to whistle. When Suzy Sheep herself demonstrates she can whistle, Peppa hangs up on her, rudely. This particular scene was brushed off as a meme but let’s see you laughing after your kid hangs the phone up on your mother.
Peppa talks back to her parents
Analyze Peppa’s actions and you’ll realize she is far from being a role model. She talks back to her parents calling her father ‘Silly Daddy’ and body-shaming him for being on the weighty side. Since kids are so easily influenced and taught, they might start thinking this kind of interaction with parents is normal. Pretty soon your child will be commenting ‘Silly Papa’ to your every mistake.
She’s mean to her little brother
Peppa might encourage a sibling to be mean to their other siblings with her often bullying her little brother George. While George isn’t entirely faultless, there are better ways to handle the situation.
George Pig is a picky eater and throws tantrums
It’s bad enough kids seem to be born with built-in hatred for vegetables, if they see a character they actually like with a mutual passion, they might get encouraged. On top of him rejecting his veggies, George Pig’s other passions include asking for chocolate cake and shouting ‘Waaah’ all the time.
She’s a sore loser
‘I don’t like you anymore’ is Peppa’s go-to phrase when she loses a game with her friends and she even goes as far as saying ‘You’re not my best friend.’ When your kids start reenacting this scene (only it’s serious and it’s real life), it will create horrible problems for them in the future.
Her family is actually dysfunctional
Every TV show family is dysfunctional but as adults, we can actually filter the scenes in our heads, kids easily accept things to be true. Peppa’s family consists of a whiny little brother, a father who gets bullied by his family, and a mother who is oftentimes moody. True, the show will provide you laughs and the mandatory moral lesson but zooming out, the big picture isn’t as funny as it presents itself to be.
But at the end of the day it all boils down to this: limit screen time for kids and be with them to explain the scenes
My mom just told me that one of her coworkers taught a first grader who spoke in a British accent
Which isn’t that weird at all—until you take into account that his parents are from here, they have no accents & their son somehow adopted an entire dialect from watching Peppa Pig
— amanda (@amandaacheckers) October 19, 2018
China has actually banned Peppa Pig in their country, the scales have fallen from their eyes and they’ve decided the show was indeed a bad influence for little Chinese kids. Of course this comes after citizens were almost worshipping the pink piglet. But the thing is, there are other worse shows to ban and if we banned all of them, there wouldn’t be anything left for entertainment. The new-age solution is to guide your kids while watching the show. Point out the wrong things each character is doing and how to make it right.
But most importantly, limit your kids’ screen time. Most kids these days grow up thinking it’s normal to have a milk bottle in one hand and a gadget on the other. Train your kids not to depend on gadgets for entertainment.
Do you think Peppa Pig is a bad influence for kids?