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  • Message 151

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    Posted by brilliantdaisysmum (U13842671) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    This is the first time I have watched the new presenters for a few days, as they were really grating on me with their quiet voices.

    I am pleased that at least Cerrie seems a lot more relaxed and not whispering as much. It may all work out in the end

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  • Message 152

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    Posted by lisamarie2509 (U13842761) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Personally I think thank you cbeebies for hiring cerrie. My 3 yo was born with the bottom of his right arm missing just like her, in fact it looks identical.
    I have now got someone who I can point out to to show him that he can do whatever he wants to when he grows up.
    He has never seen anyone else with the same disability as him and he now can see he is not the only one born like that. He and his brothers have already stated she has an arm like me/dylan.
    It will also help him when he enters nursery as the other children will have been exposed to someone like dylan who is on the tv, and it wont be so alien to them.
    There are probably other parents like me who are glad, that their children in the same boat have someone to look up to to show them they are not any different to anyone else.
    So again thank you cbeebies

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    Posted by Nikki1981 (U13842773) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I am a 27 year old young lady who has been bought up with an elder sister whos left arm is exactly the same as new presenters Miss Cerrie Burnell.
    After reading an article in the Daily Mail this morning I was absolutley disgusted by the reactions of some of the parents to the disability this young lady lives with.
    To say she has been given a job for "political correctness" or to say that the BBC have hired her to show "minorities" is totally ridiculous. All children should be bought up to realise that a disability is something that should be respected and coped with in a responsible manor. I am apalled by the narrow mindedness of people who can't even explain to their children why some people are different! Does it not even occur to you that these people may be special? And that they deserve the same rights as any able bodied person to do something they love and something that they are good at?
    How do you tell your children also, that people that have lost their limbs due to fighting for your country that they should be disscriminated against or do you tell them they are heroes for what they have done? It is no different than a person being born without a limb.
    What would you do, how would you cope, if your child bares a child that has a difformity?

    My sister has gone through life being bullied by people like yourself and I am fed up with it. She was a fantastic horse rider when she was younger, and now is an extremely successful Marketing Manager for a well respected company. She is married to an amazing man who has 2 arms and is not phased by her disability.

    I believe you should seriously think about the consequnces of your stupid idiotic comments and grow up and teach your children about how different people can be. To hear commnts form other people about how it is scary for their children and how they will have nightmares, really, look at what goes on in this country form a day to day basis, they will have a lot more to cope with in their life, than somebody missing part of their arm.

    For all the people that have left encouraging comments for Miss Cerrie Burnell in her new role as a cbeebies presenter, I thank you. I wish her every success and hope she enjoys hr stay on the BBC programme. I also thank the BBC for the chance they have given this young lady, and the hope they will pass on to others in similar situations.

    GOOD LUCK CERRIE!

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  • Message 154

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    Posted by Surfergirlboosmum (U13842795) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I am horrified to have just read an article in the Daily Mail (where else?) saying that Cerrie is scaring children watching CBeebies.

    I know that all children will react differently to seeing her arm but it is our responsibilty as parents to help them to understand and to process the facts about disability. Look at how accepting they are about the programme Something Special and arguably it might be harder for them to grasp differences between them and other children rather than them and an adult.

    I think it is great that Cerrie is on CBeebies. She is an inspiration to children and we should not underestimate their ability to understand and accept that all of us have differences - some visible and some not.

    As regards her presenting style - we have been CBeebies fans for some years (my eldest daughter is nearly 10) and I can assure you that Piu (sorry if spelling is incorrect) was pretty awful to start with. I actually think that Cerrie is really lovely. Give the girl a chance - children are a tough audience to crack!

    Cerrie - don't let the negative comments stop you enjoying what must be a great and really rewarding job. Alice and Honor love you. XXXX

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  • Message 155

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    Posted by mummeeee (U3588200) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Apparently Cerrie is going to be speaking on the Jeremy Vine show (Radio 2) today about the comments raised about her on the message board.

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    Posted by BenBuff (U9850955) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I can't believe the comments about the two new presenters. First of all, I don't know how accomplished you'd be on your first morning infront of a tv camera so give them a break and a chance to find their style and repartee.

    Secondly I don't know what world some people live in where everyone is perfect in everyway but how ridiculous it is to complain about a presenter only having one arm. Who cares? She is as good as anyone else on the channel and that is all that is imiportant. Anyone who finds her appearances unnaceptable wants to have a serious look at themselves and hope that they never suffer an injury or have a child who is perceived to be different or even offensive just because they do not confirm to what idiots think is 'normal'.

    You've got your kid sat in front of programmes where animals and inanimate objects can talk for god's sake. If Little Johnny can nadle that he can handle a woman with one arm reading out birthday cards.

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    Posted by komyles (U13842897) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I'm hoping Alex and Cerrie will settle in soon. Cerrie seems like she is acting the role of presenter and could do with relaxing into it. Alex could perhaps smile a little more but its got to be a difficult job presenting to children that aren't there.

    It took me a while to get used to Andy and I'm sure it will be the same with these two. Our kids have accepted them straight away and not even mentioned Cerrie's arm.

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    Posted by spcdust (U13842925) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Browsing through this thread I am absolutely stunned that parents can object to the fact that one of the presenters has the lower part of her arm missing. To even raise this I find offensive and demonstrates a stagerring level of prejudice.

    Rather than being concerned that ones child may "be frightened" or "have nightmares" this is a perfect opportunity for a parent to explain to their child about disabilty and how this can effect individuals and there is nothing to fear. Maybe by taking the time to do this rather than the knee jerk reactions some "grown ups" have demonstrated on this board we would eardicate these antiquated and unfounded prejudices.

    I also cannot abide the all encompassing statement that is's "Political Correctness" that she has been employed. Maybe the presenter was the best for the job but has the added bonus that having a visible disability gives a positive role model to the thousands of children who are born every year with major or minor birth defects.

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    Posted by Nicki (U2331602) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Hi,

    I actually think that the new presenters are just as good as Chris and Pui. I also don't understand what the problem people have with Cerrie's arm.

    I think it is good for children to have role models who are a bit different to see that we don't all have to be the same.

    To think that as adult women we are always complaining about the way women are portrayed in the media, how we are left feeling inadequate if we are not tall, skinny and flawless and yet some people think that a very talented lady, who happens to have a disability, should not be given a chance. This reaction is bizarre.

    We should be supporting BBC in going against the grain on this one.

    Nicki

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  • Message 161

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    Posted by Baggybird1 (U13842975) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I actually can't quite believe that the Daily Mail has run a full page story on the new CBeebies presenter and her disability. Firstly, I'm very sorry to admit to even glancing at the Mail but secondly I'm very sad that people are actually complaining about this.

    Children frightened by this presenter?? Teach them not to be then. Help them to understand that people are different. That's your job for goodness sake. Absolutely shocking to hear parents talking like this. And poor girl, what a thing to read about yourself when you've just started a new job.

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  • Message 162

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    Posted by xanders_mum (U13842994) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I agree totally, disability IS a fact of life. I came onto this message board after seeing reports on sky news about how some people are complaining about Cerrie! I can not understand it, are we not finally living in a society that accepts people are all different? My 5 year old did comment on Cerrie’s arm, saying how some people are more different than others and that was that. My 2 ½ year old doesn’t seem to have noticed. If you talk to your children about these things from the start they don’t see any problem. If you ask me it’s the parents that have the issues not the kids. I would like to know if the lady who didn’t want her child to see such things covers her child’s eyes when they are out shopping if they come across someone similar? Children can be scared of things they don’t understand so it is our job as parents to educate them. I do however hope Cerrie got the job on merit, if so good on the BBC.

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  • Message 163

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    Posted by toffeemum (U13842986) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I have not been on here befroe and came to find out what happened to Chris and Pui. Firstly I want to say that I thought they were really good and we miss them. However these things happen and I think it is good for children to expereince change.

    Secondly with regards to Cerrie and Alex I do feel that they are very wooden but hopefully as they relax into their roles this will improve.

    My critism is however aimed at the BBC. I think they have seriously underestimated children. Firstly by not telling them that Chris and Pui were leaving they have left my house and I am sure many others with lots of questions - whereas if Chris and Pui had a chance to say goodbye and explain then it would have ended things for the children. I also feel that the same thing could be put towards the issue of Cerries disability. I have no issue as to whether or not she was employed but I think that by ignoring it they are suggesting that children will not notice. Children are very observant and have no qualms about asking questions. I have had to answer so many questions regarding Cerrie and her "poorly arm" as DD refers to it. Then last week they were doing a link which involved Cerrie putting on a glove. well this really confused my DD and by doing this the producers have highlighted an issue that they are not prepared to address to the Children.

    I say STOP UNDERESTIMATING OUR CHILDREN. They are intelligent and ask questions and surely by ignoring the disability we are making it a secret and scary thing for our children and not being open and honest and discussing it as though it is a very normal thing and therefore begin to remove any prejudices.

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  • Message 164

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    Posted by Tedleo12 (U13842981) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    My Mum rang me absolutely incensed after reading the article in the Daily Mail about Cerrie's arm which led to me logging in. I've never looked at the message board before - but now I have I feel like I've entered a whole new world...unfortunately inhabited largely by some parents with very sad problems & perceptions.

    I have a beautiful and very capable 10 year old niece who has the same 'disability' as Cerrie. This 'disability' isn't a problem for my niece or for Cerrie, but the fact that it is obviously visible, makes it a problem for all
    these 'concerned parents' with a distorted view of what is normal. Little do they seem to realise that they have an even greater disability - they are unable to communicate properly with their children and explain to them about Cerrie's arm.

    My niece is the most 'normal' person you could meet, does all the 'normal' things we all do (without assistance I might add)and thankfully has a very balanced view of life and the people in it. My 2 sons were very excited to see Cerrie on tv, but not because she's 'different' just that she has an arm like their cousin! I think they would have had the same reaction if someone little with red hair came on, because that would have been like their other cousin. Anyone any idea of what is perfection??

    So carry on Cerrie, you're doing a great job, it's a shame your arm has become the focus of the programme though and it would be an absolute disgrace for the BBC to act on these complaints.

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    Posted by visualstrawberry (U13843049) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I was delighted to see the new presenter Cerrie. My daughter has a visible difference, disfigurement, whatever you want to call it. she has a large birthmark on her face.

    It is important that children are introduced to difference, so that they are not afraid when they meet people in real life who are different. There are all sorts of differences. some occur at birth, some through illnesses such as cancer or accidents and injury.

    What you forget in your "political correctness" comment is that there will be a percentage of children who are watching cbeebies who are visually different themselves in some way. Some children will share the same disability as Cerrie. It is very positive that they can see someone with a disability like themselves in a high profile media position, presented in a positive light.

    People with physical differences should not be castigated for appearing in public. They should not be made to feel as if they need to hide away, which your message implies.

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    Posted by Nell (U13800271) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    It's lovely to read uplifting messages like this. At the beginning of this thread I mentioned that there would be a lot of children with disabilities who would watch Cerrie and feel inspired. It is great to read that this is the case.

    I find it incredible that there are still people who don't think she should be on CBeebies. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

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  • Message 168

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    Posted by graceandfreyasmum (U13843109) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I just wanted to say that I think the new discover and do presenters are great. We did really like Chris, but both my girls are happy watching Cerrie and Alex and my eldest has in particular taken to Cerrie. We have discussed the fact that she has only one arm and she's interested in it, but not bothered atall, it's now normal. We think she's a great role model for kid's tv.

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  • Message 169

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    Posted by cariebelle (U13843124) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I was really quite shocked that people had been complaining.
    My children 3 & 6 years have no issues watching Cerrie. She is great. In fact it has helped me to explain why she may have only half an arm, as we all know it can be embarressing when your children shout out loud in the supermarket 'Mummy why does that man have one leg?'
    It helps them understand that although people may look different,they are not to be scared of them. They watch her, as she does different tasks with only one hand. It amazes them.
    I think parents should just explain to there children that it is all o.k. and that Cerrie is just like everyone else..and also has feellings too!!!

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  • Message 170

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    Posted by jay1313 (U13843152) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I was sickened to read the negative comments about lovely presenter Cerrie Burnell. My 17 year old son has the same arm deficiency as Cerrie. He plays the piano, is at drama college, does Parkour and has just passed his driving test. We are so proud of him and horrified that he may encounter this kind of small mindedness and predjudice in his future career. I have only one thing to say to those who think she should not be on children's tv as she scares the children. Take one long look at your own child and try to imagine yourself in the same situation. Would you want your child prevented from doing whatever he or she wants in life due to this type of silly hysteria. It worries me that parents are not comfortable with explaining to small children that not all people are the same. Do they run away from wheelchairs? Cry when they see a blind person with a stick? Have nightmares if they encounter someone who has had a stroke? It's part of life. Deal with it.

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  • Message 171

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    Posted by llinstar (U13843155) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I find it unbelievable that in this day and age parents are talking about a woman who is presenting very well on a children's channel, and talking about her "half an arm" as being "freaky", and what a surprise it is to see on TV. Is it any wonder that their children are apparrenty reacting to seeing someone who is physically different to them, with shock, as their parents are presenting them to a world that is so obviously narrow and blinkerd, and judgemental. To be different is not something to be abhorred by. I think the parents who are making such stupid comments, should start actually listening to what they are saying, or rather how they judge, which is so obviously taken in by their children? My son doesn't even notice Cerri's arm, he just wants to listen to he next programme. Think on what you are saying, and how YOU are scaring your children.

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  • Message 172

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    Posted by lisandbag (U13843149) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    My 2 year old twins are now however refusing to watch cbeebies which is their favourite channel as they are too scared of Cerrie. She is lovely and i have spent a lot of time trying to show them she is very normal, and lovely, but most pre-school children will find it very hard to comprehend. I am having to use my catalogue of sky+'d 'something special' 'higgledy House'.

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  • Message 173

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    Posted by Hamsterdamned (U13843184) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I can't believe some of the cruel things that I have read, both on this site and others about Cerrie.

    People seem to forget that she is an actual person who can be hurt by these comments. She has a disablity, so what? Should she be hidden away in shame? Children need to learn that sometimes life isn't always nice and the parents who object need to be thankful for 'perfect' children and learn some compassion.

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  • Message 174

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    Posted by sesley (U4024157) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I can see nothing wrong with having a person with a disability appearing on cbeebies,we are a modern equal oppertunites Britain and all sections of British society should be reperesented on the BBC, i am a mum of a child with special needs, as are many other mums and dads with childen who have special needs,that love to watch cbeebies,its good for children to be aware of others differences as a norm. Its good to see Cerrie on cbeebies and long may she continue.

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  • Message 175

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    Posted by fabminder1 (U13843189) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I am surprised to read the critical comments made referring to Carrie. Yes, my kids made a comment and asked me about her disability, but once I had explained they were absolutely fine. They think she is great, and as a mother so do I.The only questions they ask again and again are when is Chris coming back and can Mr Tumble come to our house!

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  • Message 176

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    Posted by U13843171 (U13843171) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Hi, I'm new to this message board but I felt I must sign up to express my support for Cerrie, and my shock at the outdated, exclusionary and frankly disablist attitudes which have been expressed over her appointment. I agree with others that frank, open discussion is all that is needed should a child enquire as to an aspect of somebody's outward appearance that mght be perceived as 'different'. The fact is that children are naturally curious, but do not possess the prejudice that their parents come to acquire over a lifetime. Therefore it is critical that we talk to them positively about difference and acceptance when they are young. My toddler, who is very astute and enquiring, has not even batted an eyelid at Cerrie's impairment, and at the age of two, I would not hessitate to explain it to him if he did. I would like the BBC to add to their 'house rules', that disablist attitudes, along with 'racist, homeophobic' etc, will not be accepted on this message board.

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    Posted by loopy1966uk (U2259762) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Hello Everyone

    I have just read in horror on the news pages that parents have complained about Cerrie being too scary for kids so came on here to give my point of view as I also have a noticable disability that has scared more parents than children in my experience.

    I am 42 and a mother to 3 children and also a grandmother to a gorgeous girl who accepts me for who I am! I have Cerebral Palsy which affects my ability to walk distances so I use a wheelchair most of the time. I have always spoken to children who have asked why I am in a wheelchair, in a way they can understand, without getting 'medical' with them and they all have gone on their way happy that they know more than they did before. On the other hand I have had parents pulling their kids away from me as if I am diseased in some way and saying 'Don't worry I won't let her hurt you'. Have any of the people on here criticising Cerrie got any idea how hurtful it can be when 'grown-ups' behave like this. My older son who has been diabetic since the age of 4 was treated like a leper at primary school as the teachers refused to help with his essential blood tests stating that they didn't want to catch AIDS so he must do his blood tests elsewhere. Also when I had been repeatedly asked by the school kids why I was in a wheelchair I asked the head of the school if I could talk to the whole school about it. I was given a catagorical 'No' and was told that if anyone in future asked me about my disability I was to ignore them! All I am asking from all parents with doubts about Cerrie's ability to do the job as well as anyone else, please give her a chance and take this opportunity to talk about disabilities to your kids, like graceandfreyasmum has. After all she won't be the last disabled person employed by the BBC and neither should she be. She won't be the last disabled person your child comes in to contact with.

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    Posted by glitterJoshuasmum (U13843201) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    My Son hasn't noticed that her arm is missing and I didn't make a big deal of it either. There are all sorts of people in this world and I think Children accept them for the most part. My Son hasn't mentioned her arm so I have just not referred to it and accepted it as normal. Which of course it is, some people have limbs missing and to them it is normal.It's Adults that can make the situation difficult by making it a big deal.

    I have no opinion either way about her disability, she seems a nice girl I just think that she is a little too wooden and talks at Children and not to them.

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    Posted by fantasticAuntyLara (U13843194) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I'm not a mum, but I do have a 4 year old niece who I'm very close to. Rather than "scaring" children, I think it's great that the new host, Cerrie, doesn't try to hide her disability. Parents who are worried that their children will be scared of Cerrie ought to take more time to explain to their kids that people are all different and that that is nothing to be afraid of. If parents took more responsibility for teaching their kids about the way the world works then we wouldn't be having this discussion at all.

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    Posted by politelauraandemily (U13843242) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    i totally agree that the new presenters are a breath of fresh air and welcomed to the channel.
    my daughter has not paid any attention to the fact that the female presenter does not have her full arm, she still watches intently and loves it.
    i do not agree with people saying it has been done to score points etc, has anyone actually thought that maybe she was simply the best person that auditioned for the job?

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    Posted by The_Monkey_King (U13139583) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I'd just like it to be known that I fully support Cerrie and CBeebies.

    My two toddlers have been watching and have not even commented on Cerrie's difference.

    They're too busy singing along and listening to her.

    I hope we see more of Cerrie, and if you're reading this far Cerrie, don't be disheartened, you've got a very appreciative audience out here!

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    Posted by Tobaaronsmum (U13843231) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I dont like the news that parents are complaining about cerrie. Does that mean their kids dont go out. The earlier they are exposed to differences in others the better and they become more open minded. No two people are the same, some people's differences are just more obvious than others. The fact that she has one hand shouldnt distract us from the fact that shes a great presenter.
    CBeebies had better keep her on. It also gives hope to disabled children watching, Goes to show that no matter your disability or challenge as i would prefer to call it, you can do anything and be anything you want to be. She is an inspiration to all cos she isnt hiding under her bed like some.

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    Posted by wondertrigga (U13843266) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    Well done to the B.B.C. for having a "disabled" presenter.The complaints are ridiculous.If a parent cannot explain why someone has only one arm,then they shouldn't have children.As for "frightening the children" ;Do these parents advocate hiding the realities of people who are different?What will it be next?someone whose eyes are too close together?!!

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    Posted by allie2781 (U13843219) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    i totally agree with i was reading my e mails and read it i just replied to someone and told them that something special is on early in morming and the children on there have disabilities

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    Posted by riley41 (U13843335) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    My sons are now 12 and 9, they have loved watching cbeebies, the 9 yr old still watches sometimes! They have a severely mentally handicapped auntie and have been raised to accept that all people are different, she lives in a home with other disabled residents and my boys have never been 'freaked out'. Kids are only freaked out if they are taught this kind of reponse. It made me feel very sad to read the news story. Good luck to the new presenters.

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    Posted by KayDeeMumof1 (U13843344) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I felt that I had to respond to some of the discriminatory comments about Cerrie.

    I am absolutely disgusted by the attitudes of some people. What kind of example are you setting for your children if you aren't allowing them to watch the fillers because Cerrie has a "disability"? Are you going to cover their eyes if they pass a disabled person in the street?!?

    We live in a very diverse country and our children will see/meet many, many people throughout their lives who look different to them. We should be educating them on the fact that not everyone is the same and that it is okay to be different.

    Did any of you actually stop to think of how your derogatory comments might be affecting Cerrie? According to news reports, she is aware of what has been said.

    In any case, I hope your comments have made her stronger and I hope she is on our screens as a CBeebies presenter for a very long time!

    Keep up the good work Cerrie and Alex!

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    Posted by MrsTumble (U13760160) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    166, I agree wioth Nell, on 167.

    When logging on to my email I realised why these posts have gone up so much in numbers, as cerrie 'scaring kids' is a top story. Disgusting. Though, in their defence they have mentioned that most wording was in defence of her.

    It is nice to hear that your child is so much more confident, and also so sad that they have to put up with ADULTS treating them different.

    It is so true, kids are so accepting. I have said repeatedly about how she will be such an inspiration to so many people.
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    If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place.

    On the statement, Cerrie has said she is pleased that parents have used this opportunity to teach their kids about disabilities and differences.

    Tell you what, my daughter is gunna be a lot more educated than most the people on here. As will Lizzy's, yours, visualstrawberry, Nell's, wonderfulmummy's, Jacko etc.

    At the end of the day, it's the people who refuse to accept the world, and their kids, that are gunna lose out.

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  • Message 198

    , in reply to message 154.

    Posted by U13843380 (U13843380) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I cant believe the narrow mindedness of some people, and they say kids are cruel. Well children learn from their parents.

    We can only be honest with children and tell them what has happened, yes it would be lovely to live in a perfect world with perfect people but in my opinion this would also lead to a very boring world.

    Having one arm does not make Cerris any different to anybody else, it does not make her 'special'. She is a lovely independent lady who has made something for herself.

    I work with young children and we have many who have different abilities and complex needs. The able bodied 'normal' children do not see them as any different to themselves. It's a lovely thing to see how everybody helps each other and plays together.

    So if children ask 'Why has that lady not got an arm?' we tell them she was born like that. No horror stories like my friend with a missing leg - she tells children on the beach she got bitten by a shark!!!!! actually she was born that way and she is wonderful.

    So please can everyone see the new presenter as a lovely lady who is trying to entertain your children as they sit in front of the television.

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  • Message 199

    , in reply to message 29.

    Posted by darren84 (U13843402) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I would just like to comment on the news today about parents complaining because they say crrie burnell is scaring their children!! I think it is absolutely disgusting....some fo the coments on here are extremely uncalled for, rude and I find them particularly offensive. Cerrie is a fantastic presenter and actress, so she has a disablility, so what!!?? And, is it not a good thing our children know about disabled people from a young age so as not to discriminate?? There are thousands of disabled people out there, many children, who will also be at school with ours and watching this programme. Its absurd to say she is scaring them, people should not be posting such comments, educate your children, and do something better with your time, like focussing on real contemporary issues that may be affecting our children seriously!!!

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  • Message 200

    , in reply to message 4.

    Posted by mrshoppy (U13843311) on Monday, 23rd February 2009

    I think it is sad there are complaints about Cerrie being a presenter because she has part of her arm missing. I have 4 children and cbeebies is on all day in my house and not one of my children have been "freaked out" my children are 9 7 and 3 years old the youngest only 20 months, the only one to comment was the eldest and that was curiosity asking why Cerrie is missing her hand, to which i explained that i didnt know, but there are many different reasons people are missing limbs.
    I say good for her being a presenter, and good on cbeebies for hiring her.

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