"Summer Fling" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Precocious tween croons summer love jam; controversial video

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's something sort of beautiful about the excitement and innocence of young summer love.

Positive role models

Some parents might think Smith is too young to have a dating life, but her sincerity and tastefulness shine through. The video features close-ups of teens with tattoos, piercings, and extreme hairstyles. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Offers a "good night kiss if the mood is right" to her "summer fling," but that's about as suggestive as it gets. Some critics have taken issue with a 12-year-old's use of the term "fling" and the advanced age of her apparent love interest in the music video.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Music video shows kids at a pool party at a mansion, wearing expensive clothes and jewelry.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Willow Smith's flirtatious and infectious single "Summer Fling" is mostly fine for tweens, with the most explicit lyric being a suggestion of a "goodnight kiss if the mood is right." Some critics have taken issue with a 12-year-old's use of the term "fling" and the advanced age of her apparent love interest in the music video, but the images and words are tasteful and appropriate for older kids and up.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Willow Smith follows up the success of her 2010 smash hit "Whip My Hair" with this single, "Summer Fling." The track is a collaboration with new producer DJ Fabrega, and is being released under the artist name Melodic Chaotic, from a forthcoming project that has yet to be detailed. A music video featuring a Fourth of July-style pool party has made a big splash on YouTube, and generated controversy over whether the material is age-appropriate for a girl who's just 12 years old.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Smith's voice sounds beautiful, her rap style is exciting and contemporary, the lyrics are catchy and sweet, and the production is warm and stripped-down. Basically, the track has been crafted to compete for the title of anthem of the summer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song's theme. Some bloggers and parents' groups have been upset by someone so young singing about mature themes of love and intimacy. Do you think this is a fair critique? Why or why not?

  • Willow and her brother, Jaden Smith, have both followed in the footsteps of their famous parents by embarking on careers in the entertainment industry. How might their celebrity upbringing affect their artistic approach? 

  • How do you feel about the extreme hairstyles, body art, and piercings featured on the kids in the video? Why are these styles becoming more acceptable in the mainstream?

Music details

Artist:Willow Smith
Release date:July 6, 2013
Type:Single
Label:ROC Nation
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old July 16, 2013
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8
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Fine For Kids

I think this song is fine for kids, but it's not that good and is the music video is a bit edgy. Too sexy for her age. Overall, it should be good for 8 & up to listen to, but about 11 to watch the video.
Written byAnonymous July 15, 2013
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One Star = Nothing Positive is in anything that she could put an older person that's in the video in Prison now. All because of this. She ruined 2013 for me.

Both Video & Song should be banned because it's Inappropriate for herself. A 12 Year Old to do a song that about sex. 1. illegal & 2. Should never been made in the first place. I won't Bother with Willow Smith anymore until she turns 18 now. No, No, No. No One should allow her to do this to a 12 Year Old.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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