Music has negative impact on children I was only thirteen years old when I moved from my country, Afghanistan. America was so new to me and I quickly found myself caught up in the fresh and modern culture. My first experience with American music was memorable. Being in a new environment I felt lost, confused and just needed to find some comfort. For me, it’s music. Turning on the local radio station I was immediately drawn to the fast past beat and it pulled me in. I begin repeating the lyrics from the song in as best English as I could and dancing around.
In the other room my mother met with our new social worker, Beth. As I was taking in the new culture, the music, Beth rushes in and her face lit up with shock. I looked to her “blink, blink”, I couldn’t understand what she was saying. Grabbing for the radio, Beth rushed to turn off the fast paced beat. Not knowing, I was confused and scared that I had not followed the American culture. The language barrier made it hard to understand what was going to come next but I could tell from Beth’s facial expression that I was in big trouble.
The interpreter explained what I had been repeating “Birthday sex, explode my mind” was extremely inappropriate song coming from a thirteen year old. Faric was my native language and I didn’t know a single word of English. However, ever since then I’ve been more cautious as to what I’m listening to and what lyrics I’m repeating. Looking back, Beth was trying to protect me from her bad-mouthed music culture. Understanding that America is so multicultural, I can relate to the immigrant children who are drawn to beat of Hip Hop.
Unless their parents or social worker, as in my case, protect them from this negative language, they will grow up living by this music and it disapproving lessons. As I’ve grown up and have become more aware of the English language I’ve experienced a great deal of negative and positive. In my observation, I’ve noticed people who listen to negative music act out in negative ways; positive music brings a positive outcome. Music inspires and influences people in different ways.
For me, music touches my soul and brings out feelings in me that I can’t express without it. My favorite genre of music is hip-hop. Whenever I’m feeling down and need my spirit’s lifted, I turn on the radio and relax. Music can also help my mind think more clearly when it comes to decision making or clearing my thoughts. I use music with my most helpful form of one of my most loved hobbies dancing. Although, music can be very beneficial for people, but unfortunately it’s very sad how the music language is bad and almost like every other word is a swear word.
Children who are exposed to the hip-hop music come to believe that people talk like that and I don’t blame them because if adults sing like that, what should children learn from them? Almost every American kid owns an iPod listening to one when they are three years old. Throughout the periods of time, music has changed significantly. Music back in the old days didn’t have much reference to sex, drugs, or violence and the crime rate wasn’t nearly as high as it is today. In recent years, these topics became socially acceptable things for artists to sing about.
One type of music that has these topics, most predominantly, is hip-hop music. Hip hop has become a vastly growing negative influence on the children in our society today. Kids, feel it is acceptable to act in a similar manner as the hip-hop artists themselves. The lyrics give off messages to kids telling them that things like: cursing, drinking/drugs, sex and violence are all morally tolerable and acceptable in our communities; which it’s not. People should realize that hip-hop music isn’t just found in one certain ethnic group, it is widespread.
However, hip hop’s most potent form is music made by African Americans and suburban whites alike. Many artists know that they have more freedom and room to express themselves. Sometimes artists feature profane lyrics, misogyny and violence. I think it is mistaken that the artists be labeled as awful, disrespectful, shocking people as well as being detrimental to young listener. Just because the music and lyrics are bad, it doesn’t mean that the artists themselves are bad people. They could have their music written for them, or influenced by other rappers as to what to write about.
Of course, the society wants to blame someone for the reactions that hip hop music has on children today. Then on the other hand, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Parents and adults look at the music producer more than they should blame themselves because the parents are the one who expose their children to the negative music in the first place. A parent or adult’s role is to protect the children from a very early age. In today’s world, parents are too busy to worry about what type of music their children are listening to.
Many artists don’t understand how much music and the media affects children because music in the media can sometimes lead children in the wrong direction. Kids listen to profanity in songs and don’t understand the underlying problem. The attitude of much hip-hop music is one of disturbance and disparagement for adults, society and the community as a whole. This leads to a gap between the generations and also adds a culture of violence and anger. Unfortunately, this affects both generations because adults who are exposed to this can come to believe that this is the voice of the young.