Are these the role models we want for our kids?
Honey do you want to be a princess for Halloween this year?
PFF, NO! I’m going to be Kim Kardasian.
Yeah I don’t think I would ever be ready to hear those words coming out my daughter’s mouth (If I ever have one that is).Seems like a lot of kids and teens have an idol nowadays. Back in the 90s it were the Back Street Boys for a lot of people; well at least they use to sing about how all you need is “one love” or about their come back in the song “Everybody”. These days you’ve got people singing about…well rapping actually, about smoking weed etc
Now we all know how the media influences its audience, the impacts it has on women, men, teenagers and kids. The women are objectified in the song videos, and men supposedly “living the dream,” rapping about how much money and marijuana they smoke. Is that the kind of music a small boy should listen to? Or how about a young girl watching music videos that depict a man accepting a woman only if she’s dressed in skimpy clothes?
I mean honestly it’s just wrong when you hear a 9 year old girl singing out the lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ “can’t be tamed.” When little girls idolize someone like Kim Kardashian (don’t get me wrong I love Kim Kardashian) and puts her in the centre of her universe, I don’t think any parent would be pleased about their daughter wanting to be like someone who has a erotic home video on the internet and someone who gets divorced after only 2 months of marriage.
Now I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want my future children to look up to people like that. Isn’t it a parent’s job to protect their children from getting to close to the edge? After all I don’t think a mother would want to see the day when her son treats women like his toys.
When you spend so much money in getting your kids educated, making sure they get into a good college so they secure a good future for themselves then at least make sure they turn out to be good people and good citizens who contribute to the community. A lot of people blame today’s generations of being miscreants and out of control. Did you ever stop to think that it’s YOUR generation that our generation takes all its cues from.
It’s the parents job to see what their kids are watching, what they’re listening to, what video games they’re playing etc. Have your children learn about real influential people who make a difference and if you can’t find one single worthy soul in this world then take up the responsibility onto yourself to be the person you’d want your kid to look up to (assuming you’re a responsible adult). My dad did, and I still look up to him.
So what do you think? Should these celebrities be our kid’s role models? Are the parents at fault? Is it the fault of the media that pumps out these kinds of songs and music videos?
Let us know!
By Shahzeb Hussain