Let children keep innocence

I recently attended a family fun day held by one of our government primary schools and I was very upset by the music that was played at this event.

Most of the music was very sexual in nature with lyrics such as ‘Grind Me’, ‘Give It to Me’, ‘Fling it Up’ and the like. Those involved in planning these events need to be more cognizant of the music selection. My suggestion is to play upbeat instrumentals or sing along songs – we need to be mindful of the fact that these are very young children.

Parents, let’s be more vigilant when it comes to what music our children are listening/being exposed to. They are so bombarded with sexual images/ideas on commercials, movies and even cartoons and in my opinion lose their innocence earlier and earlier with each generation. Research the lyrics of the songs on your children’s ipods or on the cds they own. What you find out may be very shocking and change your attitude toward these seemingly innocent and fun songs as well as the artists themselves (For example, use the Internet to research the meaning of the term ‘Crank that Souljah Boy’ by the artist called Souljah Boy.)

I recently read an article by Rick Chromey on ChildrensMinistry.com, an excerpt of which follows:

‘Bird flu is spreading through Europe. AIDS is decimating Africa. Countless viruses pollute the air. Salmonella, E. coli, and other toxins threaten our food supplies. If we truly knew the dangers, we wouldn’t dare breathe or swallow. Similarly, our cultural air harbours pollutants — sexual innuendo, graphic violence, profanity, explicit sex, and nudity — most of which are cleverly repackaged and marketed to our children in movies, television, books, magazines, and Web sites.’

I strongly feel our children are being desensitized to issues that are very adult in nature from a very young age and as a result they are prematurely facing issues they shouldn’t have to deal with. As a society, we need to invest the time and effort to protect their innocence- they deserve the chance to be children.

Dania Manderson

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