An Australian Mum has laid a formal complaint after an episode of kids cartoon series 'Peppa Pig' aired featured the characters playing with spiders.
The Peppa Pig episode, titled 'Mister Skinny Legs', sees Peppa Pig and her brother pick up and play with the spider while Daddy Pig assures them: "Spiders are very very small. And they can't hurt you."
"Peppa and George like the spider," the narrator says at the end of the episode. "Everyone likes Mr Skinny Legs."
A Sydney mum who was watching television with her young daughter in August said she turned if off and sent a complaint to Australian channel Foxtel.
My little brother has autism. And a lot of kids will see it on TV and think 'Oh I can do that because monkey see monkey do'.
"They literally pick up the spider and go play with it," she said to Essential Baby.
However, she was left furious by the response that she received back.
"Nickelodeon has sent me an email that they're going to still play the episode because apparently the spider looks friendly and it's in a friendly environment" the mum says. "And the safety of children comes on the parents and it's not their responsibility."
Nickelodeon said in their own statement that they will still broadcast the episode, saying their animated spider doesn't lessen "any impact of scariness or danger".
"The spider does not look real, it has a smiley face and is shown in context of a show with other talking animals and therefore in an environment where the animals and creatures are not shown acting out their real nature.
It is not the first time the episode has raised issues in Australia. In 2012, a viewer complained that the episode was "inappropriate for an Australian audience because it said that spiders were not to be feared". The channel involved, ABC, ruled it was unsuitable for broadcast in Australia and had been aired by mistake.