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Title: The AAP Seeks Improvement in Rock Music Lyrics and Videos

Category: Positive Parenting


    The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to take  a more active role in monitoring their children's video watching.   A high percentage of rock music lyrics today are sexually  explicit and convey very harmful health messages including  sadism, masochism, Satanism and suicide.  Approximately 75 percent  contain sexually suggestive material.  Approximately 56 percent  contain violence, usually against women.  Certainly watching these videos an average of one to two  hours per day, as the average American teenager does, is not a  healthy long term habit. 

    Since we all learn from repetition, constant watching and  listening of these type materials will probably have a big impact on our youth today.  The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging that parents get involved in demanding better standards for these rock video lyrics and the videos themselves. It is recommended that they get actively involved in viewing these videos with their children and teaching their children to scrutinize what they watch and listen to.  Most of our teenagers are very bright and with a little guidance by their parents can learn to recognize what is good for them and what is not.  Without parental guidance, however, they are left at the mercy of MTV and any other profit motivated advertisers.  As a music lover myself, I strongly recommend singing to  your children at a young age and introducing them to all types of  music including classical music from infancy on so that they will have a broad interest in music and personally demand good  musical sounds and lyrics in their musical taste.  There are no guarantees but I think it is worth striving for.  I, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, encourage you to get actively involved in your children's music listening and video watching.  Start early and you might enjoy sharing a lifetime of good music together.