I recently watched “Kids React To Kids Are Lit” by The Fine Bros (linked below). After watching these videos, and a few others, I have some things to say. First, let me clarify, for the most part, I think the spread of these videos is great. Many of them are amazing to watch and fun to make, I am sure. But I really can’t ignore the elephant in the room…
Watch any number of these tiny dancers and you will find that the sexualization of these young children is hard to avoid. This is not going to be a post purely about the ‘oversexualization of children.’ The problem I have with them is that these videos are online for the whole world to see, forever. These kids are too often dressing in provocative ways and making some very obscene signals. Most of these signals they are not old enough to really understand. If for some reason they do, that brings up a whole other set of concerns.
So many people say “these are just kids doing a DANCE.” Fine, then how about we keep these types of dances in the DANCE community and not plastered all over the world. Never mind the argument of whether it is moral or not. Let’s just focus on its safety.
You and I (I hope, at least) may not see these children and think ‘sexy’ or any sexual thoughts, but there are people out in the world who do. Those people could very easily find such routines on the internet and, well, think about them in sexual ways. They could photoshop screenshots and post them to pornographic websites. They could even go as far as become obsessed and search out that particular child, or a similar- looking child. Such dances posted so publicly is so dangerous and can have severe, even deadly consequences in their worst cases.
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If you feel it's okay for your child to dance in such a way that it can be seen as sexual (no judgment, I understand within the confines of the dance community), please refrain from posting it online. Even if you think the odds of such a thing happening are low, they are odds that could very quickly affect any child who looks remotely like yours.
*Note- I will not be linking to any of these 'Kids are lit' videos as I do not want to share them. If you want to know to what I am referring, google it.
I was a nanny for over ten years. Now, I make homemade toys and write full time. Occasionally, I work at my local schools and provide back- up child care for some parents I used to work for and for my church's nursery. I am multi-talented and loves to paint, draw, crochet, write and sew.