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 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).




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's? Here's what you need to know

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

Discover the magic of the LEGOŽ DUPLOŽ Play Area in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
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.