Kids behaving like adults: Not everyone is amused

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Kids behaving like adults: Not everyone is amused

Many parents proudly upload videos online to show off their kids acting, singing, and even driving on the street and drinking, but some viewers find them offensive.

chuichong Capture of a video that surfaced last Tuesday shows a four-year-old girl acting like an angry woman scolding her husband on the phone



A YouTube clip of a three-year-old boy singing a love song has got thousands of hits. Wearing a head scarf and adult garb, the boy acts like he is suffering from great misery as he sings about a broken heart. Some viewers admittedly find it cute but others are offended and say such songs should not be sung by a child.

A video that surfaced last Tuesday shows a four-year-old girl acting like an angry woman scolding her husband on the phone. She is then told by her mother to call up her “second husband” and ask him to take her out for ice cream since she is bored with the first.

This too has elicited differing reactions. Some viewers compliment the girl’s acting talents, saying she looked exactly like a furious wife; others think she is too young to be taught such behaviors and her mother should have been embarrassed to upload such a video.

“How can you teach your four-year-old kid this?” asks Thanh Tu. “Do you know you’re leading her towards social wrongdoings? You should reconsider your position as a mother.”

Pham Phuc Thinh, a Ho Chi Minh City-based educational consultant, says the evolution of technology has made it easy for everyone to capture and store moments from life.

But he warns against clips in which kids are taught to scold someone, drive on the street, drink, or smoke.

He blames it on the influence celebrities like singers, actors, and soccer stars, who sometimes reveal a part of their private lives, have on some parents.

“Some people have silly conceptions. They see their kids, who have little talent, as geniuses and teach them to do strange things.”

Nguyen Thi Minh, a psychiatrist, warns that children learn from adults even at a very young age.

“Their awareness is not fully developed to distinguish between right and wrong. They innocently do what adults teach them. If they are taught to do wrong things, they will grow up with incorrect values.”

Video of a four-year-old girl acting like an angry woman scolding her husband on the phone

Video of a two-year-old boy dancing hip-hop

Video of a two-year-old boy singing a love song

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