Mum-of-two Amanda Killelea explains to The Mirror, why she is allowing her young children to watch the popular show.

Amanda writes, “My daughters were first introduced to the joys of Love Island a couple of years ago … by our babysitter.

When I found out what she had let them watch it in our absence I was horrified and banned it immediately.

But as every parent knows, the more illicit something is the more attractive it becomes to the child.

So I decided that if you can’t beat them, join them, figuring that if I watched it with them it was better than them watching it in secret on a phone or Ipad.

I watched the last series with my eldest daughter Gracie, and this time around my youngest Lola has joined us.

They may only be 13 and 11, but sex is something we have talked about and they have learned about at school.

“My view is that if we watch it together I can talk to them about any potentially risqué behaviour or issues that may arise – just as we discuss child sex grooming, rape, drug abuse, suicide and abortion when watching Coronation Street.

I have already explained to them that jumping into bed with someone within five minutes of meeting them isn’t normal behaviour.

It is another example of telly helping to start conversations that you might normally find a bit awkward to have with your child.

“I admit there is a certain irony in letting them watch a show that is on after their bedtime on a school night, but we record it and watch it together on catch-up the next day. And that way I can prepare myself in advance for any awkward questions they might have.

It’s the 21st century and kids can access so much online these days that I believe it is better to encourage openness rather than pretending they aren’t watching it at all”, added Amanda.

A couple of years ago Constance Hall actually shared an open letter to her 7 year old daughter who got upset with her for not letting her watch The Bachelor.

Con wrote, “Because there are no winners and there are no losers with love. In your life you will love a man and he will love someone else, it happens to everyone. But that someone else didn’t win and you didn’t lose. You might meet someone else, you might decide you like women, you might just love being alone. But you will never lose.” Read more on that here.

Have you watched it? Would you watch it with your kids?

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  • This show is purely and simply unadulterated rubbish tv. There is nothing on it that would be of benefit to young girls

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  • There were no reality shows when my boys were young. All children are different and I think that Amanda is doing the right thing for her girls. I don’t watch these type of shows myself

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  • I watched The Bachelorette with my teenage son but have no interest in Love Island or any more of these moving forward. We do watch First Dates and laugh and critique and talk through each dinner but these shows are waning. They’re humans at their worst and most embarrasing. I feel sad for them.

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  • An interesting view, but I still think this sort of viewing is highly inappropriate for children. Yes, it might get them talking about sex but to what cost? This is not the sort of image of sex I want my children to have.

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  • It is not the sort of show l would watch!

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  • It’s tough these days, you cant do anything and be judged fairly on your parenting skills

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  • Can’t stand these reality shows – so my kids wouldn’t watch it as I don’t.

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  • Never seen the show actually but she does present some good points.

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  • No I’ve not watched it. To be honest, i don’t watch television at all and my kids don’t watch much either. But watching a show like this together and talk about any potentially risqué behaviour or issues that may arise, does make sense.

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  • Well. I wouldn’t do this, but I acknowledge she’s using it o start positive conversations.

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  • If you can’t stop them then join them? Stopping them is called parenting isn’t it?

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  • I saw the advertisement for this show and it doesn’t inspire me at all.

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