Do You Know What Your Kids Are Listening To?
Why does every song employ the use of bad words? And have to be about drugs and rehab and sex?!
My teen boys get iTunes gift cards for Christmas so they have freedom to download the songs they like. The iTunes account is in my name so I get an e-mail every time they download a song or a game. For the most part I approve, but there are some that not only have bad words in the song, but the titles!
“Tonight I’m gonna f*&# you,” for instance? The problem I have with that song is that it is a good song with a great beat. That is, it’s a great song except for the “I’m gonna f&% you” part. Can’t they say “love” or something? That song is played on the radio and is bleeped, but you can still hear the “ck” part so the bleep is worthless.
I don’t consider myself a fuddy-duddy, but where is that line? It’s music. I love it just as much as they do and honestly we listen to the same music. If a song with questionable lyrics comes on while my seven-year-old is within range, I usually change the channel. Not always though.
When he was four he used to sing all of the words to “Rockstar” by Nickelback and we thought it was funny. He had no idea, BUT he was singing about drugs and prostitutes!! “I wanna be a big rockstar, live in hilltop houses, drive 15 cars… where the girls come easy and the…”. He fumbled through the actual “drugs come cheap” part because he didn’t understand the words OR the concept!!
Are the old school songs any less risqué? Or is the difference simply the choice of words and lack of four-letter words?
Were the lyrics from the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd any less invasive? Or Rod Steward’s “Hot Legs”? I LOVED that song and knew every word. Gasp!
Is there a need to draw the line with kids, or is it just a harmless part of life to which all of us have been exposed?