Love Island has been a topic of many conversations up and down the country over the last few weeks, but now a party themed after the reality show and aimed at children has got even more people talking.
The celebration was organised by a performing arts school in Bellshilll, Scotland, and publicised on social media.
According to Scottish newspaper Daily Record, the event was described on Facebook as: ‘Get Involved! Mocktails on arrival. Then it’s PAMPER TIME!’
The description continued to explain that as well as beauty treatments like manicures, children attending the party could expect games testing their knowledge on the islanders, and some could even get the infamous text.
‘Summer nails and glitter lips. We will be testing your knowledge of the islanders and a few of you might even receive a TEXT! Be prepared for some challenges’, the rest of the description read.
Parents weren’t so keen on the idea, with many slamming the idea as ‘perverse’, ‘vile’, and a way to sexualise children from a very young age.
One said: ‘This surely is perverse and wrong. The lady in charge should be ashamed.
‘They are sexualising our kids and making them aware of the filth that we as parents try to keep away from them. My children wanted to attend and I think the owner of Fever Pitch shouldn’t be allowed to be in charge of our young ones.’
Another said: ‘This Love Island party is vile. I don’t want my children anywhere near Love Island or anything to do with it.’
Lisa McKechnie, 21, the founder of Fever Pitch School of Performing Arts, responded to the criticism, explaining that the party was simply meant to be a ‘beach party’ and nothing of ‘adult nature’.
She said: ‘This is simply a beach party theme. We’ve based it on what is big just now, Love Island. There is nothing of an adult nature at all.
‘Maybe I should have called it something different.’
The debate comes at time when many parents have been discussing whether they let their children watch Love Island or not.
When GoodtoKnow spoke to child psychologist Emma Citron, she explained the reality show is totally inappropriate for primary school children, but could be a good way to start meaningful conversations with secondary school children, aged 11 to 16.
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