AN EPISODE of the kid's show Peppa Pig episode has been banned after telling children spiders "can't hurt you".

Parents complained the episode encouraged their children to play with the dangerous creatures and gave the "inappropriate" message they were harmless, The Sun reports.

A scene from the 2004 Peppa Pig episode, Mister Skinny Legs. Picture: Supplied
A scene from the 2004 Peppa Pig episode, Mister Skinny Legs. Picture: Supplied

The 2004 episode Mister Skinny Legs has been taken down for a second time after it was first removed from the internet in 2012.

The Evening Standard reports how in the episode a terrified Peppa Pig is told by her dad that spiders "can't hurt you".

The cartoon pig picks the spider up and tucks it into bed before Peppa says: "We are all going to have tea with Mister Skinny Leg."

The ABC banned the show but it was aired again on Nickelodeon channel Nick Jr on August 25 this year, although they have since agreed to remove the show.

While Australia is home to some of the most deadly spiders on earth the UK - where Peppa Pig originates - has almost no spiders that are dangerous.

This story was first published in The Sun and is reproduced here with their permission.

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