Should parents kiss their children on the lips?

David Beckham has sparked a debate about the appropriate level of affection for parents to show their children after he shared a photo of him kissing his daughter on the lips.

The Instagram post shows the former footballer and father of four kissing his five-year-old daughter Harper during a trip believed to be to Tanzania. The caption reads “kiss for daddy” beside a heart emoji.

The photo was liked by almost 2 million Instagram users. But it sparked an intense debate about whether parents should kiss their children on the lips.

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CRITICISED: David Beckham shares a kiss with his daughter Harper.

“David, to kiss lips of your daughter, that’s wrong,” wrote one user.

“To be honest, kissing your daughter on the lips is a little weird,” said another.

Kiss for Daddy ❤️

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But users were also keen to defend Beckham.

“A father having a bond with his child is nothing less than beautiful,” a user said.

“There’s something very sick that people see anything other than pure and beautiful love between a parent and child kissing on the lips; what a sad world we live in,” another user argued.

The criticism comes after his wife and fashion designer Victoria Beckham caused a similar debate after sharing a photo of herself kissing Harper on the lips last year, on her fifth birthday.

“Happy birthday baby girl,” wrote the 42-year-old in the caption. “We all love you so much X @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham kisses from mummy X” the caption to the photo said. 

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