Dance teacher says X-rated playlist makes the job hard
RIHANNA thinks there is sex in the air, Nikki's panties are coming off and
Miley is waiting to do a line in the bathroom.
It is no wonder dance teachers like Momentum Dance's Shea Cotter are struggling to find appropriate music for kids.
About half the songs she picks for class have to be chopped down to exclude swear words, racism and references to sex and drug use.
"It's impossible to find a hip-hop track kids know without swearing in it," she said.
"But it's not just rappers. A lot of the music that is popular with kids today is full of suggestive and explicit lyrics."
The 27-year-old dance teacher considers herself in touch with new music, but believes most of the
music produced today is inappropriate for children.
And she is not alone.
Former University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer Karen Brooks, who wrote Consuming Innocence: Popular Culture and Our Children, believes the sexualisation of pop music should be a serious concern for parents.
"Children are being introduced to these ideas and concepts a lot earlier and even if they don't actually understand them, those words become a part of their vocabulary and, even worse, they often copy the dance moves," Dr Brooks said.
"Parents have to be proactive and address these concerns in an age-appropriate way."
QUESTIONABLE SONG LYRICS
- "Everyone in line in the bathroom trying to get a line in the bathroom." - MILEY CYRUS
- "We went streaking in the park, skinny dipping in the dark then had a menage a trois." - KATY PERRY
- "I wanna give it to you tonight and make everything you fantasise come true, ooh baby." - ROBIN THICKE
- "So let me get you in your birthday suit, it's time to bring out the big balloons." - KATY PERRY
- "Ooh, you know females and how they like to run their mouths" - JUSTIN BIEBER
- "Sex in the air, I don't care. I love the smell of it." - RIHANNA
- "When he give me that look, then the panties comin' off." - NIKKI MINAJ