Parents concerned about the impact sexualized songs and dance moves have on their children have a reason to worry, according to a new online poll.
A parenting web site called Netmums.com finds that the vast majority of children exposed to, say, Miley Cyrus’ shtick, end up emulating it in some fashion.
According to the website’s survey of 1,500 people, some 82 per cent of children are repeating sexualised lyrics or copying provocative dance moves without knowing their meaning.
But some parents claimed their children have become all too aware of the meaning of the songs after being bombarded by sexual references. Some children aged five or younger know the context of the song lyrics they’re singing….
In the survey, three quarters of parents said pop acts were teaching girls they would be “judged on their looks, not their achievements or personality”, while half of parents with sons said their boys were getting the message that women were “too sexually available” and should have “porn-star-style” bodies.
Recent songs cited by parents as having a negative impact on their children include Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball and Rihanna’s Pour It Up.