An assortment of experts at Harvard University did a study unveiling that Peppa Pig is one of the principal causes of autism amongst kids.

This animated movie has gained large success. There are various toys, t-shirts, and several other things with this character. But, the mystery still continues. Is this cartoon character suitable for children? And experts from Harvard University have said no.

According to experts, there is evidence that confirms an increase in adversarial, snide, questioning, confrontation, and discourteous conduct in kids which happens when watching cartoons such as Peppa Pig.

Peppa is downright rude and her parents allow her to get away with murder. There is an episode where Peppa and her brother George refused to tidy their room, but then their parents made it into a game, and when they finished, the kids trashed the room again, laughing insolently.

These are the individual characteristics Peppa possesses:

Suffers from the syndrome of superiority;
Inappropriate behaviour;
Imposes ideas regardless of others’ opinions;
Competitive (it does not know how to lose);

There are parents who complained that their kids mimic the behaviour of Peppa and her brother George, and some of them even banned the cartoon from being viewed in their homes.

So, be extremely cautious, all you parents out there. There is nothing unique about Peppa Pig, and the same applies to all the other programs.

Around 80 per cent of the brain evolves throughout the first few months until 3 years old. In case they spend a bundle of time viewing the TV, they will mimic the patterns of behaviour that they observe.

Overindulged children, a harassed spouse, a hostile father-in-law and a mother in need of Prozac, it might sound like a new family on EastEnders’ Albert Square, but it’s really Britain’s most prominent family – Peppa Pig and her mob.

She stamps her feet, harasses her brother, makes fun of her parents, falls out with her friends, whines when she loses, pokes out her tongue and frequently exhibits profuse amounts of rebellious behaviour. So, when you read about this malfunctioning Peppa Pig toy spouting swear words, you can’t help but feel it’s merely a natural progression from Peppa Pig’s on-screen presence that is causing children to act up.

Young kids can’t distinguish between fantasy and reality, and if a two-year-old believes that if it’s okay for Peppa Pig to poke her tongue out when she’s angry, then it’s okay for her to do the same, and of course, its not only two-year-old’s who are sucked in by what they see on screen, you can see the impact of television on kids of all ages.

Studies have found time and time again that shows promoting hostility or violence reinforce that behaviour in kids, particularly when they’re at school, and we’re noticing a trend towards disruptive, rebellious behaviour in response to cartoons like Horrid Henry, who is a rude, aggressive, defiant cartoon character.

And it’s been found characters, like Barbie, for instance, form children’s thoughts about body perceptions and gender stereotypes from the age of five, and everything, including TV needs to be done in moderation and TV and screen time must be monitored with all children.

You can’t prevent kids from watching TV altogether and kids need downtime as grown-ups do, and parent should be taking control, but it’s far easier to let your children sit in front of the TV for a peaceful life, the problem is the more they see these cartoons, you don’t really end up having a peaceful life because they’re conditioned by this drivel – Monkey see, Monkey do!

Even adults find it pretty watchable. When my grandchildren used to come round, they would watch the cartoons and then later they would leave and I would still be there watching the cartoons. It’s a bit like the Ipcress Files with Michael Caine, if you watch it for long enough, you end up being repressed by what’s on the screen.

Of course, the Ipcress File with Michael Caine was a novel written by Len Deighton, which was published in 1962 and very spy fantasy at the time.


IPCRESS means the Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex Under Stress, which essentially means an automatic response established by training to an ordinarily neutral stimulus, comparable to Peppa Pig, and although really fiction at the time it was written, now we’re seeing that automatic response in many things that we see on our TV’s, not only children’s programmes but also advertising we see.

Five minutes with Peppa Pig guarantees a break during a 12-hour shift with your children and that five minutes can feel like a two week holiday, but you’d be silly to overlook the fact that your children could grow up like Peppa Pig, and that would be a life sentence.

Sadly though, the dysfunctional Pigs are no worse than countless other British TV creations. Ben and Holly on Channel Five are being raised by Nanny Plum, so gloomy and cynical she makes Jack Dee look like he’s high, so why are we Brits so bent on creating anti-role examples for our children? Click to an American show and you’ll see Mickey Mouse, Dora the Explorer and Handy Manny tripping over themselves to do good.


When my children were younger I would sit them in front of Sesame Street, it was a great instructional show for children, of which you don’t see so much now, now it’s all non-educational and often violent.

Taking your children away from children’s TV might mean that you don’t get your five minutes respite in the middle of the day so that you can have that quick shower, but less Peppa Pig and more Mickey Mouse or Postman Pat will hopefully transform our children into better people.

As for Peppa Pig causing a child to become Autistic, well, there are loads of arguments on what causes Autism. Scientists speculate that a defective gene or genes might make a person more prone to develop Autism when there are also other factors present, such as a chemical irregularity, viruses or chemicals, or even lack of oxygen at birth, and in rare cases, Autistic behaviour they say might be caused by Rubella in the expecting mother.

There are far too many dodgy children’s programmes out there. Let’s look at the Tellytubbies, which I hated the most, and while it presents patterns of collaborative play, surprise, and simplistic joys that are mild and pleasant, the creations can still be a little irritating to parents watching it with their children, and this combination can be somewhat bizarre.

Some critics feared that the character’s use of babbling in place of whole sentences would negatively harm a young child’s ability to communicate, and in 1997 many parents objected to its “goo goo” style and said the program was a bad influence on their children.


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