Updated 08 March 2002, 18.24
TV soaps like EastEnders and Brookside have been criticised recently for showing violence and drug use before 9pm.
Are these just attempts to get more viewers, or do you think the soaps are only trying to show real-life situations?
Let us know what you think.
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I think soaps should be allowed to put what they like on our screens because soaps arent aimed at children anyway.
Jack, 14, Swansea
How can all the things that go on in EastEnders happen down one street? I've never watched the show but I know what goes on in the programme. It seems to getting out of hand and the producers are coming out with even more violent scripts just to get viewers and ratings.
Kimberley, 15, Gloucester
I do think that young people should not watch soaps as there are some episodes that are not meant for them.
Alice, 13, Grimsby
Kids hardly ever listen to their parents but seeing the consequences of drug abuse, unsafe sex and alcoholism in soaps does a much better job of getting through to people of my age!
Ben, 16, Upminster
I do not think soaps are to racy. They deal with every day situations and they save our parents having to explain things.
Andrew, 11, Glasgow
I think parents are overeacting by changing channels. we hear this language everyday and worse most of the time.
Gemma, 13, Newmarket
Drug use, sex and violence are all issues in real life and you cant be protected from them, so you should be able to watch them on television. We can read about it in newspapers, so why not watch it on TV?
Lisa, 12, Glasgow
We don't need to see all the violence, drug use and sex.
Jade, 14, Co Durham
Sex Educators were saying the other day that sexually transmitted diseases should be featured on soaps, as a form of education that everyone watches. After the Trevour beating Mo storyline, many women came forward because they were being beaten by men. It could have saved one of their lifes.
Clare, 12, Essex
I think Eastenders should to be on after 9 o'clock because it is very upsetting for children of my age, especially the bits with Trevor.
Elliot, 9, Uppingham
I don't think soaps are too violent. Soap bosses know the limits and are very careful not to go beyond them.
Helen, 13, Birmingham
EastEnders is just fine the way it is!
Giorgia, 12, London
Soaps show real-life problems, children shouldn't be protected from that, we want to see what other peoples lives can be like
Kirstie, 12, Wetherby
We think soaps should deal with issues like drug abuse and violence because it does happen and they can warn some people!
Kate & Steph, 13, Bury
I think soaps sometimes go a bit over the top but the public seem to love them so that's why they carry on doing it.
Paula, 12, Grenock
I think that soap should show these things because in real life that's what happens.
Stephanie, 15, Dudley
I was watching EastEnders the other night and my mum turned it over because of the language Sam Mitchell used, I think the language should be toned down.
Oliver, 15, Alfreton
Soaps are not just entertainment, they teach you lessons too. They tackle issues that concern everyday life.
Arooj, 14, Northampton
I think they are not realistic. How many people do you know that have been beaten, taken drugs, got drunk, been raped, had a baby at a young age and death threats all in one life?
Frances, 15, Newton Abbot
Soaps should show drugs and violence because life can be like that.
Bethany, 11, Stoke