A mother sparked an online debate after revealing she lets her 12-year-old daughter watch the raunchy reality TV show Love Island.
Posting under the handle nadine r(2), the woman told how she allows her daughter to watch the ITV2 show under her supervision, and asked other parents on the Netmums forum whether they did the same.
She explained that she temporarily turned the volume down or changed the channel if the show - which throws together a group of single people in search of romance in Mallorca, and has already seen at least two couples have sex in the villa - airs something she doesn't want her daughter to see.
The mum wrote online: 'Would you let your 12 your old watch it? I let my dd who is 12, most of her friends watch it and any parts they show I don’t think are appropriate, I turn the volume down/change channel for a few minutes till that bit is finished.
'I think most of it is fine though, just the occasional thing I’m not happy her listening to or watching. Just after other people’s views?'
Some mums said the show isn't suitable for a girl so young, including one wrote that 'half-dressed people in bikinis getting off with one another all day' was not entertainment for a 12-year-old.
But other parents agreed that children her age would watch it regardless of their parents' views - and one mother said watching it together could lead to healthy conversations, insisting that 12 is a 'fab age to start talking about relationships/sex'.
Tasks the islanders are expected to take part in on the show range from recreating sex positions to passing liquid from their mouth to that of another contestant in order to make a cocktail.
One parent wrote in response to the post: 'I wouldn't want to let my child watch love island ever, but in the society now I don't think there is any point trying to stop them.
'I would let her and then actually talk to her about some of it to, I would talk about how some parts are staged/ not representative of life or just plain vile behaviour.
Others said the show's sexual content and emphasis on physical appearances could all have a negative impact on impressionable young children.
One wrote of whether they would let their own 12-year-old tune in: 'Defo not, kids should be kids as long as possible.
'Society and school force kids to grow up way to young, plus the programmes based around sex basically! Just because her friends are allowed to watch it doesn't mean she has to follow suit.'
Another said: 'I think not only is it an issue with the portrayed 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.'
But not all parents agreed.
Many said it was fine to watch with children so long as they were aware it was designed for entertainment - and not a realistic representation of a healthy relationship.
One mother said: '12 is a fab age to start talking about relationships/ sex and what is healthy/ unhealthy.
'Love island is a great way of causally starting a conversation about healthy relationships and how some of the behavior on there is not okay. They don't show any of the sex, it's more insinuated than anything... this year anyways.'
The mother who posed the question online claimed her daughter is a 'very grown up 12 year old', who would most likely watch the reality show on social media alone if she wasn't watching with her mum.
'At least this way she can ask me stuff and we can talk about certain things,' she wrote.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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