How do I prevent my daughter from listening to inappropriate music?

I recently entered my 15 year-old daughter’s room and found her blasting the music system but the kind of music she was listening to left me worried. I did not manage to find out which song it is she was listening to but it had a lot of sexual innuendos and vulgar language.

I recently entered my 15 year-old daughter’s room and found her blasting the music system but the kind of music she was listening to left me worried. I did not manage to find out which song it is she was listening to but it had a lot of sexual innuendos and vulgar language.

Safari, Kinyinya


Dear Safari, the issue of inappropriate music is one that concerns many people in this day and age. A lot of music that children listen to these days comes with lots of vulgarities and tends to encourage negative stereotypes about women. 

However there are some few things you can do about this situation.

You need to monitor your children’s music the same way you would supervise what they get to see on TV, videos or the internet. You have to be involved by regularly listening to music with your child and explaining why it is good to listen to some kinds of music and not others.

Another way you can play a role is by regularly buying music for your child so that you influence what they get to listen to. You may also want to consider how much privacy you give your child as this is what may lead her to listen to music that she would not probably listen to in public. So it could be better to have a central music system not for her to have a personal one in the room just yet.

Encouraging your child to explore different kinds of music is likely to benefit him in many ways. Ultimately, your challenge is to teach your child to be a critical listener: That way she can filter out the junk on her own.

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