Are young children being oversexualized by provocative music too early? Can parents prevent their kids from provocative music? Some parents don’t mind a little exposure and some are against it completely saying kids are growing up way too fast. What's your take on young children being exposed to provocative music? We talked to a few moms and a pediatrician to find out more.

Is provocative music causing children to become oversexualized?

Parents have very different opinions when it comes to music restrictions. Some allow it while others are completely against it and do everything they can to avoid it. But when it comes to outside influences, how can we control what kinds of music our children are exposed to?

It seems that no matter what parents enforce in the privacy of their own homes, it's only a matter of time before kids are exposed to provocative music at school, camp or even a friend's house. Jill is a high school teacher and does everything she can to avoid exposing her two young girls to provocative music based on her daily experiences at work. "I watch oversexualized high school girls every day who have been having sexual experiences since the fifth grade. I will do everything in my power to give my girls a chance to grow up and develop confidence, personal morals and ethics before singing along to Katy Perry's Last Friday Night."

A variety of music exposure from an early age?

Is there such a thing as everything in moderation when it comes to music? Vanessa Shokrian encourages and allows her kids (ages 4 and 6) to listen to all kinds of music. She would rather her curious kids ask her what the different words mean, rather than them asking their friends. But it's not exactly a free-for-all in the Shokrian house. Vanessa does her part to change the derogatory words, "I don't let them hear the bad words... We make up good words to rhyme or replace the bad ones," says Shorkrian. "It's just like junk food -- hide it and it's all they want."

The potential hazards of provocative music

Our very own Dr. Mom, Melissa Arca, M.D. says, "There have been studies documenting the effect of violent video games and violent songs increasing aggression among children. Even if it's only temporary, we know if affects them. Same goes for provocative or sexually explicit lyrics. Our children become desensitized to it too early."

So what kind of music can kids listen to? Rachael Wunderlich and her three kids listen to a lot of Radio Disney, Country and Kidzbop -- all things with positive messages or at least G-rated.

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Kristin Bustamante June 26, 2012
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Totally agree with you ladies. We listen to about 90% Christian music, and country and pop the other times. I love hearing my kids sing the Christian music and it freaks me out when they're rocking out to pop lyrics! I dropped my daughter off for Kindergarten Camp for the first day and they had KidzBop music playing. Made me kinda sad even though the lyrics are slightly edited.
Jennifer Chidester June 21, 2012
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Great article. And amen, Dr. Mom! I've become so much more aware of what my little boys are exposed to. No more music videos in our house while they're around. My husband would wake up and put on VH1 while we cleaned up around the house... seemed harmless until I realized even the videos with OK lyrics had half-naked women rolling around in the background. I'm not really 'conservative' by any means, but I'm protective of my kids' innocence. I don't want my boys thinking what they hear/see in most popular music is the norm. As much as I love a little LMFAO in my own time, my kids don't need to be sexy & know it.