Peppa Pig is 'making children naughty', parents fear
Parents are turning against Peppa Pig, the popular children's television character, claiming she is a bad influence on children.
Parents have complained that their offspring are copying the behaviour of Peppa, the naughty cartoon pig, and her brother, George. Some have banned the programme from their homes.
One father complained his 4-year old son had taken to splashing in muddle puddles on the way to school, imitating Peppa's favourite past-time.
Others complained their children shouted "chocolate cake!" whenever they were asked what they would like for breakfast - just like George pig.
"The more I see, the more alarmed I am by the choice of behaviour put into this 'cartoon'," wrote one mother on parenting website Mumsnet.
"George Pig, who my son loves, says 'Yuck' at vegetables and only wants to eat chocolate cake.
"A day after watching that episode, my wouldn't eat his cucumber and tomatoes."
Another anxious mother wrote: "My daughter keeps saying 'No' and 'Yuk' in a really high and mighty way, just like Peppa does, and generally answering back when I ask her to do something.
"Shall I ban Peppa Pig, or is that being totally unreasonable?"
Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman said in recent years there had been a "significant increase" in children using "adversarial, snide, questioning, confrontational and disrespectful behaviour", which he attributed to cartoons.
"There is nothing special about Peppa Pig - the same applies to all programmes. Some 80 per cent of brain development is between birth and three years old, so if they spend a lot of time watching the TV, they will copy the forms of behaviours that they see on the TV," he told the Daily Mail.
"The problem is you can't distinguish to children what is real and pretend. You can't just say to the child the pig was only pretending to be naughty."