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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that When the Sun Goes Down is another largely clean release from Disney singer/actress Selena Gomez. The album is just a hair more mature than her previous releases, featuring a couple of very muted references to drinking (for example, "raise a glass"), mild partying, and kissing. But with its positive messages about having self-esteem and grabbing life by the tail, the CD is a generally good choice for tweens and teens.
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The third full-length CD from Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez, WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN is a collection of 12 songs that revolve largely around two common young adult themes: romance and taking the world by storm. It's completely void of profanity and violence and features only a few very mild lines about "raising a glass" and kissing. Considering the lack of questionable content and positive messages about self-esteem ("When it comes to me, I wouldn't want to be anybody else / I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me"), the record is a great choice for tweens and teens alike.
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Families can talk about what happens when young stars like Gomez begin to grow up and the different paths that they take.
How does this mostly clean record differ from albums by some of Gomez's Disney peers, like Miley Cyrus?
What advice would you offer to famous child stars like Gomez and Cyrus as they strive to reinvent their careers as adults?
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