The CBBC show, Just A Girl, follows 11-year-old Amy on her journey to gender transition. The show is based on real facts but it is fictional, Amy does not exist. But Daily Mail claims that it makes children confused about their gender, which rather irritates parents.
The Mail presented an array of negative comments from former MP’s, child psychotherapists and family campaigners, including Tory MP Peter Bone who said: “It beggars belief that the BBC is making this programme freely available to children as young as six. I entirely share the anger of parents who just want to let children be children. It is completely inappropriate for such material to be on the CBBC website and I shall be writing to BBC bosses to demand they take it down as soon as possible.”
Some parents thought the show was educational. One wrote: “I don’t believe there is ‘too young’ for stuff like this. The earlier you teach your children that everyone is different and that nobody is ‘normal’ the better.”
The BBC said it was aiming to ‘reflect true life’ with enough context for young people to understand. A spokesperson said: “Just A Girl is about a fictional transgender character trying to make sense of the world, deal with bullying and work out how to keep her friends, which are universal themes that many children relate to, and which has had a positive response from our audience. CBBC aims to reflect true life, providing content that mirrors the lives of as many UK children as possible.”