A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "TTYLXOX" premiered on Shake It Up along with a single from Zendaya to stir up a little friendly competition between BFFs CeCe and Rocky. The DJ decides to mash the two together, and the result is a fun mix with both singles. On her track, Bella Thorne takes the texting phenomenon to the dancefloor, singing in acronyms to create a song. She sings a bit about boys and wearing the same thing as someone else to a party, but that's all that really happens. The song lacks substance, but there's nothing inappropriate for kids, other than the fact that it encourages texting. The video premiered with Zendaya's simultaneously released track, so fans will love that.
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Is it any good?
These days it seems anyone can sing. And although Bella Thorne is loveable and funny on her TV show, she should probably stick with acting. Yes the song is catchy, but the texting acronyms start to sound a little repetitive and lame, and Thorne's voice isn't especially strong. That said, tweens will love this track because it's written in their language. Plus, it does have clean lyrics and content, which is a positive thing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the positive and negative aspects of texting. When can texting become unsafe or problematic? What rules do you follow when texting?
Why do so many teen TV stars dip their talents into the music industry as well? Why do so many singers act? Should they? Does it make them more marketable as one or the other or both?
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