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#1 peking homunculus

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

I showed my 9 year old DD the Dumb Ways to Die video. It's a worldwide hit and has a safety message, cute video and catchy tune. I think it's funny and seems to me to be targeted at kids as well as adults:


DD loved it and when she was at her friends house, showed it to the friend. Friend's Mum was watching over the shoulder and when the song gets to the "use you private parts for piranha bait" she told DD it was inappropriate and made the girls stop watching.

It never occurred to me that this might be seen as inappropriate.

WDYT- Is it OK fo a 9 year old or not?

#2 Rumply

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

They don't really say anything rude or show anything, so I think she reacted a OTT.

ETA: Just showed DH and he didn't think he would show a 9yo.

Edited by Rumply, 27 November 2012 - 09:05 PM.

#3 melaine

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

All the grade 3/4s were singing it at school the other day. I think one of the teachers showed them it in class and had a discussion.

I don't think it's inappropriate for them to watch provided there is discussion of the issues.

#4 Broxie

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

I'd be fine with it; but I don't think I'd have an issue with other parents not being fine with it. We all draw the line somewhere. I'm sure there are things I think are inappropriate that other parents think are totally fine.

#5 Escapin

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:02 PM

What a great video! I would have thought its just the sort of thing that your average 9yo would love.

#6 Black Velvet

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

My 9 year old boys love it. I think it's fine... though I have got the tune stuck in my head now. laugh.gif

Certainly a lot worse songs they could be listening to.

#7 Funwith3

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

Yeah that line is inappropriate. Although my DD is 7 (nearly 8)... But I wouldn't like her listening to it.

#8 bakesgirls

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:05 PM

If you think it's OK for your 9 year old to watch, then that's fine. Just as it's fine for the other parent to decide that it's not OK.

TBH, it's not really aimed at children. For the most part it's OK, but selling your kidneys? Getting shot multiple times? Scratching a drug dealers car? Not really for youngsters IMO.

#9 Cranky Kitten

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

Meh, no issue here. DD loved it when I showed it to her, though I did think maybe it wasn't such a great idea that DS (just turned 1) was also watching - he was mesmerised.

Of course, now I randomly catch myself singing that blasted tune...

#10 The Old Feral

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

I showed it to my kids and the youngest is 7. They love it.

I could understand some parents finding the gore a bit much but IMO freaking out about mentions of 'private parts' in front of a 9yo seems OTT.

#11 FeralZombieMum

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

I think it's fine - my youngest is 7 and all my kids have been singing the song for over a week.

When you look at the big picture, it's a brilliant way to try and educate people and I just hope some of the dumb ways to die stick to my kids when they are older. wink.gif

#12 peking homunculus

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

I totally respect the other parents right to deem it inappropriate- I told DD that different people have different rules and to just get over it- but I was surprised as it had not occurred to me it was anything other than cute/funny. I didn't think the phrase "private parts" was so contentious!

#13 mitty82

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

think it will get the message across to children better than sitting them down and talking to them where some might not even listen. Use your private bits for piranah bate LOL.

Innocent !!

I had a child in my year 1 class bring a scanterly clad chicks motorbike magazine showing all his friends<<< this i find a problem with.

#14 jayskette

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

How many of you have taken your young kids to see a Pixar film recently? nearly all of them are really for adults but the visuals are innocent enough for kids to be entertained too. Would you rather your kid sing "private parts" or singing some more widely available, more obscene lyrics from the Top 40?

#15 sa5ha

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:21 PM

I don't think it's really aimed at kids or completely appropriate (private parts/drug dealers/etc) for a 9 year old but it's presented in a pretty harmless way in my opinion so... meh.

#16 Domestic Goddess

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

I don't find that lyrics offensive and would show this to my 9yo. I ony just find some of the images a little tasteless, but that's about it.

#17 Feral_Pooks

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

I find the whole thing really off. Maybe it's because I've lost people who've died in "dumb ways", it just makes me feel ill. But I guess if it's engaging young people and could save lives that's the main thing. But seriously, I find it disturbing and the "private parts" bit is one of the least worrying bits.

#18 *Lib*

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

My DD googled it after seeing it somewhere....she loves it.

#19 JRA

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

Given horrible histories and stupid deaths I don't see a problem

#20 Soontobegran

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:48 PM

I think it's rubbish and this has nothing to do with the mention of 'private parts'....that doesn't bother me at all.
Might be showing my age shrug.gif

#21 JJ

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

I like it. My 8yo loves it. Some of the bits (drug dealer, selling kidneys etc.) went straight over her head and I don't see what's so inappropriate or otherwise terrible about private parts.

But then we have a terrible, dark sense of humour. biggrin.gif

Edited by JJ, 27 November 2012 - 10:12 PM.

#22 Stronger

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

I think the song is ok but the cartoon are actually the inappropriate part!

I wouldn't be showing it to children under 12yrs I don't think.

#23 LittleListen

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

I didn't enjoy watching it. For some reason it grossed me out and I couldn't help imagining actual people dying those ways... twisted mind, I know. I wouldn't be keen on a 9yo watching it, but I'm conservative like that.

It's not aimed at kids, but at tech-savvy, viral-video-watching teenagers and twenty-somethings who are most likely to be the ones jumping on train tracks, tagging trains and trying to jump between carriages. Its a very clever safety video.

As for private parts, I told a 4yo not to show theirs to their friend in the playground yesterday. I used the phrase "We don't show our private parts to our friends at Kindy" I don't see anything wrong with the term. Perhaps it was the piranhas?  huh.gif

#24 wonder woman

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

QUOTE (peking homunculus @ 27/11/2012, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
WDYT- Is it OK fo a 9 year old or not?

It's as OK as South Park is original.gif

#25 Ireckon

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

My almost 9y.o. and my 7 y.o. love the song. They even wrote down the lyrics so they could learn it!

We asked them if they knew what the song was about, and they understand the message - that these are things you SHOULDN'T DO, because they are dangerous.

We also explained that it is not a song they should be singing at school. (DH may or may not have also played Mr Hankey to them recently...I was not impressed, but again, they understand this is not a song to sing at school).

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