Can nurturing childrens' talent go too far?

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March 1, 2013, 11:31 am
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(NECN) - Parents looking to nurture their kids’ talents can sometimes produce provocative dance routines and rap videos with adult themes.

These may seem to be extreme examples of ways that the best intentions can go too far, but it happens more often than you know.

Here with more is Hilary Levey Friedman, a Harvard sociologist.

Let’s compare Lil Poopy to Honey Boo Boo.

Friedman says there are a lot of similarities besides their slightly silly names. There on tv, making money in the public spotlight based on their personalities and their talents.

But there is a major difference. Lil Poopy is implicitly promoting or perhaps participating in illegal things. For example, he sings ‘Coke ain’t bad.’

Whereas, Honey Boo Boo talks about eating poorly, and that’s certainly not illegal.

What about stage moms? ‘Dance Moms’ is a very popular show. It’s gotten a lot of attention, sometimes for negative costumes. Friedman says again, it’s not illegal. Lil Poopy is talking about things that are actually illegal for everyone, she says.

Lil Poopy has a presence on Twitter, too. Friedman says it’s another red flag.

Tags: Harvard Sociologist, Lil Poopy, honey boo boo, hilary levey freidman, childrens talent
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