Former Love Island contestant Eyal Booker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday that the programme is “educational” – despite claims to the contrary by a teacher.
Appearing on the morning show to discuss Love Island, he said the show can teach younger views about relationships, particularly teenage boys.
“We still live in a society where there are certain stereotypes on men and women and how they should behave and whether they should be in touch with their emotions or not. For guys definitely, [Love Island] allows you to realise and aspire to be open with your emotions,” he said.
However, English teacher and author Natasha Kaufman, who appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside Booker, said she spoke to pupils, aged 11 and 12, who watch the programme and denied claims it has significant educational value.
“I think on the one hand you are shown the emotional aspect of relationships but you’re not shown the complexities that exist outside in the real world,” she said. “There’s no reference to cultural, religious, financial difficulties that exist and form relationships.”
“Equally you’re only shown one type of relationship,” she added. “They don’t explore homosexual, bisexual relationships. They don’t explore things to do with gender identity which many young people are battling with.”
Kaufman, who is the author of “Mindfulness for Students: Embracing Now, Looking to the Future”, said the programme’s lack of body diversity can even harm young viewers’ self esteem.
“I think what’s happening is that these children that are watching and seeing these one body types compare themselves in quite a negative way,” she said.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.