(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Tina O'Brien, who plays Sarah Platt in Coronation Street, has been speaking to The Mirror about how Corrie's child grooming plot has made her worry about her own kids
Tina is a mother-of-two. Her daughter Scarlett is now seven and Beau is two. She said: "As a mother you are always worried. The dangers for children are so much more complicated these days. All you can do is try and make sure your children talk to you about things. And it is important not to shy away from keeping yourself up to date with what sort of dangers are out there and how to speak to your children about these issues.”
She added: “Children won’t necessarily listen to their parents of they try to bring up a subject like this, but if they see it on a TV show they are watching as a family it gets people chatting. Yes it is a difficult watch sometimes but once Coronation street had decided to explore it, they couldn’t do it half-heartedly.
“For every person complaining that they can’t watch it there are dozens more praising us for doing it and lots of parents saying it has really sparked conversation in their house.”
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