Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 12:54 am

There was a debate on radio the other day about these 8-9 year old kids in a pop band. Are they too young for such a stressful schedule? Time away from school? I know that some olympic gymnasts are only 14 years old. Think of how much time they must spend practicing to get that good and have school on top of that. Is that fair on the kid? Is it healthy?
Just thought I would throw it up for a discussion!
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RE: Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 1:56 am

It probably is stressful, but since they operate within the limits of entertainment industry, they don't have much say on their own...
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RE: Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 2:59 am

Remember, kids like this, usually have a tutor that travels with them, so its like having a personal teacher at all times. "School" in a sense of the word, is very different from the school that most kids go too.

RE: Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 3:13 am

But do these kids really want this? Or is it more what their parents want?
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RE: Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 5:19 am

I don't think that it is good for them in the following respects:

1)Their psyche.
2)Their bodies.
3)Their families.
4)Their future.

1)They can't really say what they want. They have agents, press secretaries, and of course, as far as anyone famous is concerned, the media is like the 'thought police,' overanalysing what they say and do.
2)They have to fly places on tour, they get fatigued, dehydrated, they might have to go without eating for a while because they are too tired to eat, they don't have time, etc.
3)They have relatives back home that don't get to see them for months at a time except for when they are on tour in their area, or they are on television or a music video channel.
4)Where are they going to get a decent education on tour. They can't have tutors and that's it. They actually need dedicated time in which to sit down and do some quality studying. Once they burn out as artists, they will have to play catchup in order to get a decent education.

The kids may want this at first, but then they will realise that what they got themselves into was a living hell.
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RE: Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 5:27 am

I have to agree, especially about athletes. These days, professional athletes start when they are 2 and 3 years old at a sport. Just look at Tiger Woods. At that age, kids are too young to decide if they like a sport or not. Parents push their kids into a sport at such an early age. The kids grow up on the sport, and don't really decide if they actually enjoy playing it. Many tennis players these days win their first titles when they are 16 and 17.

RE: Too Young?

Mon Jun 04, 2001 6:20 am

8-9 yrs? JEEEEEEEEEZ! They are way too young!

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RE: Too Young?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 3:50 am

Yes, the whole child-star thing stinks, and it's not so new. Look how miserable Judy Garland was for most of the her life. More recently, the child cast of 'Different Strokes'.
At 8-9 years, this new lot probably won't be around for long, (where's Hanson now?).
The real creepiest thing I've seen involves someone quite a bit older. Remember Britney's 'pose' on the front of Rolling Stone complete with schoolgirl attire?
In the early 1980's, a shocking lapse of judgement allowed a programme on the UK's Channel 4 to go out, which had pre-teens, some as young as 6-8 years, performing pop records, complete with often sexually orientated lyrics, and clothing and dancing to match. It did not last past the first series after concerns about encouraging child-abuse.
A Channel 4 executive at the time recently admitted if they did that now, it would last one show, because a mob of angry parents would have burned the TV station down!
Pushy parents and the celebrity sausage-machine, what a horrible combination.
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RE: Too Young?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 6:10 am

Yea... 8-9 is definately way too young for someone to be performing in a pop band. I even think that the girls in Dream (14-16) are too young to have to deal with the rigors of a pop lifestyle, having to be everywhere and doing everything. Wait until you've graduated from high school I say...

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RE: Too Young?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 6:15 am

I don't think that it is good for them in the following respects:

1)Their psyche.
2)Their bodies.
3)Their families.
4)Their future.

I think its good for them in the following respects:

1)Their wallets

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