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.