Last night while working on my laptop, my sixteen year old son and my six year old daughter were watching television together. My son turned to one of the video channels and on it was Rihanna singing her current hit, ‘Rude Boy’. My daughter jumps up and starts singing the lyrics: “take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, love me, love me.”
I ran from the dining room into the living room and turned the channel. I then scolded her for singing those lyrics. Anyone who knows the song knows that Rihanna is speaking about sex, referring to him “getting it up”, and that is inappropriate for any six year old to sing. My son also got it for even letting the song play, knowing that the lyrics are not for young ears.
I like the Rihanna song, and in the comfort of my car when my daughter is not around, I listen to it. I’m grown, it’s a cute song. But for a child to sing it is ridiculuous, not cute by any means. I know there are some parents who let their children sing and dance seductively, but I am not the one. My daughter had no idea what Rihanna was even saying, she just liked the song. The fact that she even knew the words since I do not let her listen to it was even more disturbing, so I am guessing she either learned it from a classmate at school or from my son.
We as parents are responsible for monitoring our children’s entertainment. I am not one of those, “this song or movie should be banned” type of folk because this is a free country and people can make their own informed decisions about what they like and don’t like. But I am in charge of what goes on in THIS house, and Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ is not something I want my six year old listening to.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Have you ever had a similar situation? I am interested in reading your responses.