Many parents in our world allow their children to listen to all kinds of music, ranging from heavy metal to rap to hip hop to rock and roll to country to many other types. However, some types of music are not age appropriate for your young children and may contain references to violence, nudity, sex and graphic language. Music like that shouldn’t be heard by young ones whose minds collect any word used in a song to describe a feeling or emotion.
There are many way to know what music is appropriate for each age group. You can tell the age appropriate range by listening to the music that is out there today listening for songs that contain profound language, sex, nudity, and violence and let your children know before hand that, that type of particular music isn’t allowed to be listening to and is forbidden in your home. Use your judgment. You know as a parent what is OK for your child to listen to and what isn’t.
Another way to know that certain music is age appropriate for your child is by using the music rating system. The system tells you what is appropriate for what age group. Below I have a chart explaining what each rating means and contains.
The Music Rating System
RP (Rating Pending) This rating means there is no rating yet for the music and is awaiting approval
EC (Early Childhood) This mean the content is for ages 3 and older, and contains no material that is inappropriate for your child.
EVERYONE 10+ (Everyone 10 and older) This means the content might be okay for ages 10 and up.
M (Mature) This rating means the music content is good for ages 17 and older and may have violence, sex, nudity, and strong language.
T (Teen) This means the content might be okay for ages 13 and older and may contain may contain violence, sex, nudity, and a bit of strong language.
AO (Adults Only) This rating means adult only and should not be listened to by anyone under the age of 18 due to the strong language and content on the music.
E (Everyone) This means the content is for ages 6 and older, and the music has minimum amount of bad language and violence in them.
The music rating system above is pretty clear on what type of music your children should be listening to at what age, but like I said before use your judgment.
Music that is OK for all ages of course would be; opera, instrumental, new age, and classical. These categories of music do not have violence and profound language in them, and are very age appropriate.
Music that is not OK for all age groups would be; rap, heavy metal, hip hop, and rock and roll. Most of these categories of music contain violence, profound language, sex, and nudity. This kind of music is not OK for children under 13, but again use your judgment.
Now you know what music is age appropriate for your children, and you will know what they should and shouldn’t be listening to. You also know how to read each music rating, and what each rating means for each age group. If I were you I would begin using what you have learned from this article and use it to stop your children from listening to music they shouldn’t be listening to. To learn more about the movie rating system use my link attached to this article!