A woman on This Morning says she tells her baby she is going to change their nappy, and mums should ask permission before tickling or playing with their children.
The debate came from Russell Brand, who said he would “punch” anyone who tried to tickle his daughters.
His friend, Lottie Daley, then appeared on This Morning to debate the issue with Vanessa Feltz, saying she lets her baby know that she is going to change her nappy, and would ask permission from her daughters before washing them and tickling them.
She said: “When you start learning about body autonomy and consent for our children when they become a bit older, we should be modelling this behaviour from birth, like letting your baby know you are changing its nappy.
“I want her to know that it’s her body. It’s not a case of them saying ‘ye’s or ‘no,’ it’s modelling that repetition and a habit of checking in with your children and making sure they are happy with what you are doing with them…
“When I’m washing my daughters, who are a bit older, they are seven and five, when I’ve got to wash their bottoms, I do say, ‘Can mummy just wash your bottom?’ because sometimes you have to. And they say, ‘yes’ or ‘no.’
Later, when asked if she asks permission from her children to tickle them, she added: “I asked my children, ‘Do you like tickling?’ and they said, ‘Yes.’
“And I said, ‘Would you like it if someone else did it?’ and they said they would be scared… because it wasn’t me.”
She continued: “We need to rethink the wider issue of consent, it’s not just applicable to teenagers, it’s applicable from birth. I think we should start to ask those questions and when you look at the wider context, we need to.”
Vanessa Feltz vehemently disagreed, saying: “I think it’s an absolute shame to say you can’t tickle.
“You don’t tickle someone you don’t know or a child who doesn’t trust you… and start forcibly tickling. But it is the ultimate innocent love, care, fun, physical contact with a child you love and who loves you.”
Fans were not keen on Lottie’s views, with many taking to social media to share their outrage.
A third added: “@ thismorning @ EamonnHolmes make tickling illegal!? Lottie needs to have a quiet word with herself!! If tickling becomes illegal, we may as well give up hope on humanity! Almost laughable! Lottie, go home and keep your head, morals and opinions to yourself! Daft! # worldsgonemad”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.