Parents, if you listen to nothing else today, please heed this warning. Peppa Pig can lead to very questionable content on the internet.
Like most parents, my children enjoy watching videos on YouTube. My daughter has been a huge fan of Peppa Pig for years, and aside from the annoying random snorting, I’ve never had a problem with the pig herself or her sweet British family. I often hear her snorting from across the room and typically think nothing of it.
I frequently double check to make sure my children aren’t stumbling upon inappropriate videos their little eyes shouldn’t see. The other night, I was going through my daughter’s browser history on her tablet when I came across a series of very disturbing videos.
Multiple random videos featuring fecal matter and defecation loaded onto the screen. I clicked on not one, not two, but several videos about poop. Literally a load of shit appeared before my eyes.
Disgusted and aghast, I immediately called my daughter into my office and questioned the content.
“I wasn’t watching poop videos, Mom. I swear I didn’t mean to.”
“Well, what is this then? It most certainly looks like you were watching videos about poop.”
“I was trying to watch Peppa Pig. I promise mom. That’s gross. I don’t want to watch anyone pooping.” Who would really? (5.9 million people. That’s who.)
“Well, you cannot watch YouTube anymore, and frankly, if Peppa Pig leads you to these videos, then I don’t even want you watching Peppa Pig at all. Ever.” I ushered her out of my office holding onto the tablet for safe keeping.
Later, I decided to investigate further and asked my daughter to tell me how she managed to watch so many poop videos.
“I was typing Peppa in the search, Mom.”
“You were typing Peppa?”
I sat looking at the videos clearly not featuring an animated pink pig wondering how she could have stumbled upon the videos.
“Did they start off as Peppa videos?”
“No, they were poop.” She wasn’t even being funny.
I thought for a little bit trying to make sense of this.
“How did you spell Peppa, sweetheart?”
She wiped the tears off of her face and looked up at me with her bright blue child eyes, and with 100% certainty spelled out, “P-O-O-P.”
“Mmm hmmmm. What makes you think that’s how you spell it?”
“I asked Kell (big brother).”
And then I promptly grounded big brother from his tablet for a week.
You see, Peppa Pig videos can lead your child to inappropriate content. Particularly if her brother thinks he’s funny.
Consider yourself warned.