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Michelle Collins limits daughter's television viewing

03/14/2008 at 09:35 AM ET

Michelle Collins may make a living as an actress, but the Brit is worried about letting daughter Maia, 11, watch too much television.

I definitely won’t allow a TV in her bedroom. We were watching the Sunday omnibus of ‘Eastenders’ one day and I was horrified by the language and aggressive content. In my day, the omnibus edition was edited of all violence and language because we knew children might be watching.

She seems to like crime shows but I turn the TV off or make her go to bed when anything gory comes on. It’s the same with shows like Big Brother, where the behavior and language is unpredictable. You have to monitor what children watch because a lot of it is unsuitable and disturbing.

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Continue reading to see what Michelle says about dating and if she is protective of Maia.

Michelle, 44, has been acting since a young age, but that doesn’t mean that she wants the same thing for Maia.

It worries me because I want to shield her from the rejections she might face. She’s a lot more sensible and grown up than I was at her age, so I’m sure she’ll make the right decisions.

Some may say that Michelle is protective of her daughter, but there is a reason for that.  Maia is her whole world.

Yes, she’s the love of my life. We have girlie days where we’ll go to the movies and have pedicures. I’m also taking her to a Rihanna concert. It might be a bit embarrassing for her to have her mum with her, but there’s no way I’d let her go to a concert on her own! I wasn’t allowed to go to pop concerts at her age. When I was 15, my mum grounded me for going to see David Essex.

Michelle has never married and is very careful when in relationships, because of the impact it could potentially have on Maia.

She’s very happy with our situation. As a single parent you have to be careful when you enter a new relationship. Your children should always come first and Maia does.

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Source: Hello! Magazine, March 18th issue, pgs 118-121

Thanks to CBB reader Carlie.

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Kris on

What is an omnibus?

Sarah’s note: Maybe a British reader can let us know. To me it almost sounds like a edited repeat of a show?

Sanja on

Omnibus (broadcast), a compilation of daily television episodes

keri on

It is a 2 hour program on Sunday afternoons which shows all of the weeks episodes back to back.

Sarah on

I don’t see whats wrong with watching those types of shows. When I was eleven I was already a devoted CSI and ER fan and they are quite gory. But I do think she handles her relationship with her daughter well and with bringing men in to their lives.

Marwin Thompson on

Great meeting you at the Boulevard Lounge on West Hollywood. I was your server for the evening. I’ve always been a dedicated fan of Eastenders. You rock! Keep up the good work.

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