The music industry is one industry that keeps growing nonstop. It’s a global business now.
It has become so influential with different new trends here and there. Good norms becoming old-fashioned and some abnormalities becoming the order of the day. Music now has become really advanced.
Growing up as children, the songs we knew were Barney and friends and Destined kids, etc. Things have changed so much that children of this times don’t even know any of this songs, all the ones they know are the 18+ songs they hear from home, neighborhood, etc.
Since music is also a way for them to express their feelings and emotions, they’ll start expressing the wrong kind.
Nowadays, children’s birthday parties are never complete without adult songs that have bogus lyrics and implicit dance. And children most times want to follow the trend of dancing.
The music industry has both good and bad effects on children. As much as we love the good ones, we ought to be really concerned about the negative ones as well. We know as adults that music can ease our stress, improve our mood, calm tension, and convey how we feel to one another. Children too, feel really good listening to the ‘right’ music.
Music now are all about girls, sex, drinks, drugs, violence and illegal ways to get money. From complicit music videos showing violent acts to the use of very dirty slang, it’s high time we as parents start worrying about the effect of these songs on our children.
Music was intended for fun, to relax and to pass the right message. We are surrounded with all kinds of sexually explicit songs. From watching television at home, drinking the car, in stores, etc.
How you feel when your favorite song come up, that’s how children feel as well. They feel happy and loved, their stress automatically disappears, and they want to sing the song to someone and with someone. These feelings are good.
Children always have things to say without enough proofs, when they remember a song with good lyrics; it’s over on your side of argument. They will say it and sing it as well.
Some songs, through their lyrics, can also teach children morals and values. Listening to music causes some degree of memory formation when learning something new. This is because multiple parts of the brain are activated at once.
Music is so influential, you can wake up one morning and the first thing you are doing is singing the song you heard the previous day. You can be in your office seriously engrossed with work but when you remember the lyrics of your favorite songs, you are distracted and you want to sing it out. It happens to children as well.
While some songs bring good feelings, others increase negative thoughts and encourage little crimes. Songs not worthy for children can cause depression, risk-taking behaviors, etc.
The kind of music children are exposed to will definite stimulate something in them. Children are quick to remember everything they are exposed to hearing or seeing. They might start using the new slags they heard, try to practice the violent or sexual acts they’ve seen in the music videos.
And most times, they start acting out what they’ve seen or heard. A song with a lyrics like “drink and get high when nobody is there” will simply encourage our children to drink when we are not around.
Parents have an important role to play by providing parental guidance. They should watch out for advisory labels on music materials that contain explicit lyrics or video that are not suitable for children.
Block or lock out the bogus music stations when you’re not home as parents. Music performers should also be advised to reduce the explicit media in their songs now that the world is so digital.