A headmaster has slammed parents for allowing their children to watch Love Island after he found youngsters as young as eight replicating scenes from the controversial ITV2 show.
Aled Rees, headteacher at Teilo Sant school in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, penned a furious letter to parents after discovering children were staying up until 10pm to secretly watch the ITV2 show.
Pupils have been getting upset in the playground after ‘rating each other based on their looks to see who would be the best match’ and and ‘coupling up’ together.
Mr Rees has now sent a letter to parents in the 220-pupil school to say the contestants are ‘no role models for our children’.
He said the show is impacting children’s behaviour in school and teachers ‘are the ones that have to pick up the pieces’.
He added: ‘I would encourage you to consider whether the programme, language and sexual nature is a thing that you wish your children to see, hear and emulate.’
Children have been ‘secretly’ watching Love Island (pictured) then replicating it in the playground
The headteacher has now sent a letter to parents in the 220-pupil school to say the contestants are ‘no role models for our children.’
Pupils have been getting upset in the playground of Teilo Sant school in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire after ‘rating each other based on their looks to see who would be the best match’
HEAD SENDS LETTER WARNING PARENTS
In the letter, Mr Rees says: ‘Dear parents, it has been brought to my attention that some of our pupils are watching the Love Island programme.
‘Some of these children are as young as eight years old.
‘I am of the opinion that primary pupils aren’t mature enough to watch a programme of this nature where a person’s appearance is more important than their personality.
‘This isn’t the kind of message that we promote in the school. These individuals are no role models for our children and I would encourage you to consider whether the programme, language and sexual nature is a thing that you wish your children to see, hear and emulate.
‘The influence of the programme has led to pupils commenting on others’
appearance and pairing individuals together as they are a ‘good match’.
‘I’m sure that there are better ways to spend time with your children and
more appropriate programmes they could be watching.
‘I sincerely hope that you consider the content of this letter seriously
(which, incidentally, is in keeping with the Galw Ennau/Name Calling letter
previously posted on the app) and that we will have to deal with fewer
incidences in the school as a result. Thank you for your co-operation.’
The letter said: ‘I am of the opinion that primary school pupils aren’t mature enough to watch a programme of this nature where a person’s appearance is more important than their personality.’
Mr Rees said the school had a ‘number of concerns’ about children watching Love Island
Mr Rees said the school had a ‘number of concerns’ about children watching Love Island after Year 4 pupils aged eight and nine were seen getting upset by name calling due to the game.
He said: ‘Firstly the show doesn’t air until 9pm and some of them were watching it at that time.
‘Others were watching it on catch up and it was the content that was the issue in as much as it was impacting then on their behaviour in school.
‘There was inappropriate language, name calling based on the looks of other individuals and they were playing a game where they were pairing individuals together based on their looks.’
He added: ‘As a school we need to inform parents that sometimes what the children do outside the school impacts on their behaviour in school.
‘We are the ones then that have to pick up the pieces.
Year 4 pupils aged eight and nine were seen getting upset by name calling in their ‘Love Island game’. Pictured, contestants on the show waiting to see if they will be picked by one of the boys
The programme sees young singletons vying for the attention of their peers and ‘coupling up’ with one another in a bid to win £50,000
‘When we have seen pupils that are upset by the name calling and the games that have spawned from the programme then I think we can stand by our decision.’
Simone, a parent to two daughters aged eight and 10 at the school, said she supported the letter.
She said: ‘It is something we have said to the children – it is not appropriate for them to watch. It has an adult theme.’
Another mother said: ‘Although it’s not as explicit as come people think it is, it can be very suggestive.’
Love Island airs at 9pm on ITV2 and features a string of young singletons looking for love in Majorca. The winning couple voted for by the public then scoop a £50,000 prize.