Jump to content

Dumb Ways to Die
Inappropriate for a 9 year old?


  • Please log in to reply
49 replies to this topic

#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:

http://dumbwaystodie.com/

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 Mrs Bouquet

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).




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Video: Toddler not keen on clean-shaven dad

This little girl thought she was taking part in a standard game of peek-a-boo, but her dad had a surprise for her.

When will I feel like myself again?

At some point I became 'me' again, but not the same me that I was ... and that?s not a bad thing.

Our Watch: ending the national emergency of domestic violence

An ambitious new national initiative aims to address the "national emergency" of domestic violence across Australia.

Decrease in stillbirths in late pregnancy and older mums

There has been a fall in the number of stillbirths among some groups of women despite the overall rate remaining stable, a new report reveals.

My baby was permanently injured during birth

My baby was a few months old when we first heard the term ?brachial plexus birth injury? and the heart wrenching news that he may never gain full function of his arm.

Being a yo-yo mama is the rhythm of motherhood

A flip-flop happy-sad can occur in the same minute, the same second. And it continues forever, throughout a yo-yo mama's tenure, beginning with pregnancy.

Is it okay to ask for money instead of gifts?

First it was weddings. Then it was engagement parties. Now it seems christenings are following the trend of asking guests for money in lieu of gifts.

Crash testing new parenthood

The new documentary series Crash Test Mummies & Daddies takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the first months of life with a newborn.

Itching for a solution to eczema

Around 30 per cent of children live with eczema every day. A dad shares his son's story and gets advice from an expert.

Video: The challenges and joys of making new mum friends

This hilarious video shows how making new mum friends can be awkward - but reassures that it is possible.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Win a House of Magic prize pack

To celebrate the release of the new movie House of Magic, we have 10 double passes and magic sets to give away just in time for these school holidays. Enter Now for a chance to win!

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

'I wanted a heart over the i'

After naming her other daughter Princess Tiaamii, glamour model Katie Price needed a special name for her new baby.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.