Parents fear 'sexualised culture' of music videos

MIley Cyrus There has been an outcry over performances by Miley Cyrus

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Many parents fear music videos have become too sexualised and violent, the founder of a parenting website has said.

Siobhan Freegard, of Netmums, said parents were not prudes, but felt things had "gone too far".

In a survey of some 1,500 website members, most (82%) said their children had repeated sexual lyrics without knowing their meaning.

And three-quarters said they tried to stop children watching music videos.

Ms Freegard said parents were most angry that their children were being exposed to "lewd viewing" on programmes shown before the 21:00 watershed for family viewing.

"Modern parents aren't prudes - they know sex sells," she said.

"But there's a strong feeling that things have gone too far now. It's toxic to tell young kids casual sex and violence are something to aspire to."


Most (75%) of parents with daughters said very sexual pop acts were teaching girls they would be "judged on their looks, not their achievements or personality".

Inappropriate? Parents give their views on pop videos

About half of parents with sons said they were frightened explicit footage made them believe women were "too sexually available" and that they should have "unrealistic porn-star-style body shapes".

About 1,500 members of the website opted to take part in the online survey last month, shortly after an outcry over the latest music video and performances by Miley Cyrus.

The Irish singer Sinead O'Connor recently warned the former children's TV star not to let herself be exploited by the music business, sparking a row between the pair.

Two-thirds of parents taking part said they thought young female singers were being exploited.

Defending a recent controversial performance, Miley Cyrus said people were "over-thinking" what she had done and that she had been trying to "make history".


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    Comment number 149.

    As a teen it was pretty much a given that if a record sleeve had a 'parental advisory' sticker on it, it was a must buy!

    Nothing much has changed. The more we jump up and down in outrage at what the music industry is doing, the more our kids will listen to, and watch, the stuff they think bothers us; just as we did, and our parents before us.

    Get a grip, people! Ever heard of an 'off' switch?

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    Comment number 119.

    It only becomes a problem when real role models at home don't point out that these people are just actors and singers.( teenage parents who's parents were teenage parents for example)
    They are entertainers and thats all.
    Some make money - Most go broke, fail and are forgotten until they appear on Never mind the Buzzcocks.

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    Comment number 106.

    Parents have the power, and should actually try parenting for a change. Pay attention to what your kids are doing, don't blame others when you can easily protect your children yourself.
    It's not difficult, just requires a bit of effort that's all. Then Miley can twerk her heart out and you won't care anymore.

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    Comment number 104.

    The talentless 'celebrity' culture endlessly pedalled by our media has created a generation which aspires 'to be seen', and the more shocking your appearance / performance, the greater the liklihood of the self-same media wanting to show it. So we have a vicious circle that feeds off hip-hop 'culture' (i.e. sex & violence..) - where it appears no women have any self-respect - how stupid are they?

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    Comment number 100.

    My daughter grew up loving Hannah Montana, heavens we even had to suffer at trip to watch Hannah Montana the Movie. Now she just thinks Cyrus is trashy & talentless. Clearly this image fails one member of her previous target audience, so who does this new style benefit? Just disposable pop & O’Connor is right, Cyrus will have issues once the follow up records sink.


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