Should I take my Kids to a Green day concert?

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  1. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist Premium Member

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    My 3 kids all want to go to the Green day concert when it hits town. We can get very reasonable tickets for a "lawn area" and picnic etc. The girls also want to take a couple of their friends.

    My kids are 11 (DS), 13 (DD), 14 (DD).

    None of them ever use any profanity at all.

    My 2 DD's are totally adament that their younger brother should not be allowed to go due to the swearing factor. DS is a huge fan as his school did some Green day songs for their 6th grade graduation performance. DS has never been to a concert and is desperate to go. He has mild autism and it is really nice to see him so into such a social activity.

    Personally I think it is not entirley appropriate for any of them but it is not going to kill them. I will be going with them and they are cool with that.
    Are my DD's correct in thinking that they should be allowed to go (plus friends) and my DS should be left out because of the language as he is too young?
    To me this would be totally unfair.

    Should I be taking any of them?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    YES!!!!! As long as you are with them the entire time. Escort them all to the potty, etc. Concerts are great for kids, and Green Day is perfect - a little bit rock, and little bit soft, and little bit edgy. Good choice!!!
     
  3. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Quote:Agreed! I'll bet they'll have a great time! And I wouldn't worry too much about the swearing, just tell them beforehand that you would rather they not mimic the swearing and they'll probably respect that. They'll be thankful enough to go that I'm sure they won't mind that little request. It sounds like a lot of fun, I think you should bring all three. [​IMG] It'll be a special experience for them! I know I really love and prize all of the concert memories I've had throughout the years, I'm so glad that my parents have always allowed me to go and came with me when I was younger.
     
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    I've never really considered rock concerts to be family events. It's not the content of the performance, but the rest of the crowd that bothers me. Things can get rather unruly at times. I remember one stadium concert I went to in the 80's where there was a large crowd gathered outside waiting for the doors to open. When the doors did open everybody pushed toward the doors and there were a few mothers trying to protect their young kids from getting squished and trampled. Also, a lot of those concerts I went to in my youth devolved into a lot of beer throwing in the stands.

    I guess if you know the venue and feel that the crowd won't be a problem, it would be ok, but somehow I just can't picture a little picnic on the lawn while you watch the concert.
     
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:And as such it is good family experience, A lot to learn for the kids... However, a Green Day concert is not likely to end up like an AC/DC concert....
     
  6. SilverPhoenix

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    Quote:And as such it is good family experience, A lot to learn for the kids... However, a Green Day concert is not likely to end up like an AC/DC concert....

    Indeed! Just make sure the kids are being properly supervised and keeping away from riskier parts of the crowd (ie, mosh pits, extremely crowded areas) and I wouldn't worry. Rock concerts are fun, I started going to them when I was...well, my parents are big rock concert people, so I guess I've always gone to rock concerts. I'm twenty-two now and barely ever use profanity, I've never been injured at a concert or anything, and I've enjoyed all the concerts I've been to. I think it's just a matter of using good judgment as far as keeping the kids close by and making sure they don't get caught up anywhere too crowded or scary, otherwise I wouldn't worry at all. I think it's better for kids to experience fun things like concerts with their parents, so they don't feel they're being sheltered/don't get to have any fun and end up doing risky things later on as a result. It tells them that you want them to have fun, too, and are willing to take them and help them go to exciting events even if they are a little bit edgier than something you'd allow them to go to alone. They will be very grateful.
     
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  7. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

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    My daughter went to A LOT of concerts when she was 14(Always with adult supervision) I went to Green Day with her and it was a great time. As long as you give them expectations before you go and an idea of what kind of things will happen, then it will be great! Also make sure you make a meeting spot in case you do get seperated. (You shouldn't but it wouldn't hurt)

    My daughter is now 20 and still attends a lot of concerts. She rarely goes to mainstream groups but seems to appreciate the smaller venues that are more intimate.
     
  8. Oven Ready

    Oven Ready Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can expect them to hear foul language all over the place, not just at concerts.
    It's good that they either don't use it at all, or have already learned the most important thing about swearing, when not to use it.

    I think that the DDs just don't want DS there "cos it'll be like so not cool to be at a Green Day gig with your young brother, Like Yah - might as well take him on a date as well... NOT. "

    Green Day aren't exactly Cradle Of Filth but nor are they Cliff Richard, for an eleven year old boy I doubt they'll say much he hasn't heard already, some of the other fans might though but at that age he should know that you don't expect him to come home and spout off a load of filth he's heard from someone else.

    The noise of concerts can be extreme these days, it is well worth taking a set of earplugs for everyone in the family. Loud noise over a long period will impair hearing permanently, especially in young people. I actually find that earplugs at a concert drown out the crowd din and let you hear the music clearer, they certainly don't block out all the sound.

    Here is a list of sounds and their decibel rating and an exposure time recommendation

    Weakest sound heard 0dB
    Whisper Quiet Library 30dB
    Normal conversation (3-5') 60-70dB
    Telephone dial tone 80dB
    City Traffic (inside car) 85dB
    Train whistle at 500', Truck Traffic 90dB
    Subway train at 200' 95dB
    Power mower at 3' 107dB
    Snowmobile, Motorcycle 100dB
    Power saw at 3' 110dB
    Sandblasting, Loud Rock Concert 115dB
    Pain begins 125dB
    Pneumatic riveter at 4' 125dB
    Jet engine at 100', Gun Blast 140dB
    Death of hearing tissue 180dB
    Loudest sound possible 194dB

    Level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss 90 - 95dB
    Even short term exposure can cause permanent damage - Loudest recommended exposure WITH hearing protection 140dB

    OSHA Daily Permissible Noise Level Exposure
    Hours per day Sound level
    8 90dB
    6 92dB
    4 95dB
    3 97dB
    2 100dB
    1.5 102dB
    1 105dB
    .5 110dB
    .25 or less 115dB

    Hope you and the kids enjoy yourselves. I think they have t-shirt cannons now - cool.
     
  9. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take them all or don't take any of them. I'm thinking that your daughters don't want your son to go because hes "the little brother" and they want some exclusivity. He's only 2 years younger, I don't think that there should be an issue.
     
  10. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    take them i have taken DDs to concerts several times I dont know the bands of today but it was interesting to see how teens act these days .
     

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