Perhaps a child in your life has a birthday coming up. You are busy planning the party, searching the Internet for the best birthday cake recipe, and making out the guest list. You are also trying to decide what to give as a gift. You have considered several ideas for gifts, such as money (which the child will spend) or a toy (which he will play with for a short time and then toss aside). Knowing what you know, you realize that it is best to consider another idea for your gift. Late one night, as you are drifting off to sleep, an idea finally comes to you: Kidz Bop.
Kidz Bop is a series of CDs that feature currently popular songs recorded by kids. The songs are edited so that they contain no offensive language. Since they do not contain offensive language, you believe that the child will not learn bad words. However, there are a couple of things to consider.
First, children are naturally curious. If a child likes a song, he will want to learn the lyrics so that he can learn to sing it. To learn the lyrics, he will probably turn to the Internet. Once he has found the lyrics that he is looking for, he will see that they are not as “clean” as the Kidz Bop CDs make them out to be. He will then want to learn the song the “real” way. Continuing on the “real” theme, there is something else to think about when you consider giving the gift of music: the singers.
Children, like teens and adults, want to know who sings a song. They know that a song on a Kidz Bop CD, though it was recorded by a group of children in order to make a CD in this kid-friendly series, was not originally recorded by this group. When they hear the same song on the radio, or when they research the song online, they discover that the song was recorded by a well-known singer such as Pink or Bruno Mars or a group such as Maroon 5.
When shopping for this gift, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time. That way, you will not buy an inappropriate gift. Shop when you are fresh and rested, so that you can make a good decision. That way, you will be able to choose a good, age-appropriate gift that the child should like, whether it is a Kidz Bop CD or something else altogether.
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