You have heard the words before. When questioning a teen about their musical preferences, they reply, “It’s just a song.” They argue that they like the beat or the melody. They say that the content of the lyrics does not really matter.
Well, a recent study shows that the content of the lyrics really does matter. Teens who listen to songs with sexually explicit lyrics tend to be more actively involved sexually. It may not mean that the music caused it, but it is definitely an indication that your teen may be sexually active.
Do you know what your kids are listening to? Do you ever even think about it? I used to tell my friends that I could tell you a person’s personality profile if I knew who their favorite bands were. I still think this is fairly true. Want to know more about your kids? Find out what they listen to.
I find it amazing that many parents do not make an effort to find out what is being taught to their children through song lyrics. Do you want your children gaining their understanding of politics, religion, and social issues from strangers who can sing and play an instrument? That is exactly what they are doing.
What are your thoughts about how music influences us? How should parents monitor what their children listen to? Teens, how do you think parents should be involved in your music choices?