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My niece is turning 6 today. She has always been a huge fan of Harry Potter, and still is, but this year she wants a Hannah Montana birthday party. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: A couple months ago I went to a 10 year old B-day party and she was really into Hannah Montana and I thought that made more sense because HM isn't much over 12 right?, but a 6 year old. I can't put my finger on it but something about it bugs me. I've only seen glimpses of the show so I don't know if the content is age appropriate but it is more about the fact that my niece is having a party that is fueled by commercialism of a show about a pop star. Everyone is getting her HM gifts (including me, I didn't want to hurt her feelings) which are Barbie like and kind of expensive. I got her a set that was 75% off because the package wasn't in perfect condition and it was still $10, which was all I could afford.<br><br>
Is this the norm? Do 6 year olds watch and are into HM? Is anyone else bothered by this?
 

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Well, I can say at least in my neck of the woods nearly every girl from age four to about ten is into Hannah Montana! They usually outgrow it my twelve though. "Teen nick" really isn't geared towards teens; it's mostly geared towards "tweens". My seven year old loves Hannah Montana, and I've watched the show with her and found nothing overly inappropriate in the content. The character Hannah does have boyfriends and such, but you never see anything but a quick kiss, and the outfits are really cute and not too revealing, ext. FWIW, my daughters both watch Zoe 101, Drake and Josh, ICarly, and most of those shows-and I find them extremely mild compared to what was on Nick when I was a child. In fact, they are so geared towards being "family friendly" that they actually bore me to tears. I would rather my daughter have grown up with shows such as Salute Your Shorts, Hey Dude, You Can't Do That On Television, Doug, Clarissa Explains It All, Nickelodeon Double Dare, ext. Those shows were fun AND entertaining. Today's shows are so off the wall, and characters are very extreme.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I can say at least in my neck of the woods nearly every girl from age four to about ten is into Hannah Montana! They usually outgrow it my twelve though. "Teen nick" really isn't geared towards teens; it's mostly geared towards "tweens". My seven year old loves Hannah Montana, and I've watched the show with her and found nothing overly inappropriate in the content. The character Hannah does have boyfriends and such, but you never see anything but a quick kiss, and the outfits are really cute and not too revealing, ext. FWIW, my daughters both watch Zoe 101, Drake and Josh, ICarly, and most of those shows-and I find them extremely mild compared to what was on Nick when I was a child. In fact, they are so geared towards being "family friendly" that they actually bore me to tears. I would rather my daughter have grown up with shows such as Salute Your Shorts, Hey Dude, You Can't Do That On Television, Doug, Clarissa Explains It All, Nickelodeon Double Dare, ext. Those shows were fun AND entertaining. Today's shows are so off the wall, and characters are very extreme.</div>
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Thanks for the response, I am clearly out of the loop as a mon of a 1 year old boy. Glad to hear the content isn't bad.
 

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Some kids that young are into Hannah around here. Mostly girls with older sisters who were interested in her first.<br>
I don't think its any worse than Harry Potter, I think that's an "older kid" theme too.
 

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My dd had a Hannah Montana birthday party when she turned six in January. She has loved the show since it first came out. It seems she went so quickly from Playhouse Disney to Hannah Montana. We didn't watch it at home, but she was able to watch it before I picked her up from the home daycare she attended.<br><br>
I have watched more episodes than I care to admit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I would prefer we had no Disney at all, but she sometimes watches it on ABC on Saturdays (we don't have cable). The show isn't too bad. I do get aggravated because my dd begins to act out the shows and she takes on the attitude of the characters. She goes from six to 15 in no time. I do think there is much worse out there. Hopefully the "disney curse" will not affect Miley Cyrus. That would be more explaining than I am ready to do anytime soon. Just my two cents. . .
 

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My 3yo absolutely loves Hannah Montana. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'm pretty sure it has a lot to do with her 8yo sister being a fan, but who knows?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> We don't even have cable but we have all of the cds and a couple of dvds. So she doesn't watch the show regularly. She sings the songs and dances and has a lot of fun and I don't have a problem with it at all. I'm getting her a HM wig for her birthday. She loves dress up and especially likes to sing karaoke and put on a "rockin' show", as she puts it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I personally wouldn't have a HM party for her (she's having a dragon party!), but I don't see anything wrong with it.
 

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I'm steeling myself for when my 4 year old starts kindergarten this fall at the age of five - she probably will be exposed to Hannah Montana unwittingly. Right now, she only watches PBS's Kids Sprout channel which is filled with Thomas, Angelina Ballerina and Caillou. At daycare, they do Dora and Diego and a little Disney but she has no clue about Hannah Montana at this age.<br>
It will be difficult to watch more commercial influences creep in as she interacts with a wider variety of kids - I do think 6 is too young for all of that, especially since the HM show is more of a tween show.
 

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My six YO son likes HM. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I like her to, actually. The show is fun, the songs are ok and I don`t find it inappropriate at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Here in Norway most kids my sons age seem to like HM, both boys and girls, it seems.
 

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My five year old has liked Hannah Montana for awhile. She likes the show and the music -- she's not really into the materialistic aspects of it. She has a tee shirt that we offered her because we had a credit at Macys, and she has a barbie-like doll that my mom got her for Valentine's Day. Ry didn't ask for either of these things, and hasn't asked for any others.<br><br>
She's used to watching more "grown up" type shows, but she doesn't have a problem understanding HM.<br><br>
I don't get why just because the party is a certain theme, all the presents have to match. We've had lots of theme parties -- Harry Potter, Ratatouille, Thomas the Train, etc. and rarely get gifts that correspond to the theme. I like it that way -- the theme is mainly for the cake, games, and decor -- we don't like a lot of character stuff.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My five year old has liked Hannah Montana for awhile. She likes the show and the music -- she's not really into the materialistic aspects of it. She has a tee shirt that we offered her because we had a credit at Macys, and she has a barbie-like doll that my mom got her for Valentine's Day. Ry didn't ask for either of these things, and hasn't asked for any others.<br><br>
She's used to watching more "grown up" type shows, but she doesn't have a problem understanding HM.<br><br>
I don't get why just because the party is a certain theme, all the presents have to match. We've had lots of theme parties -- Harry Potter, Ratatouille, Thomas the Train, etc. and rarely get gifts that correspond to the theme. I like it that way -- the theme is mainly for the cake, games, and decor -- we don't like a lot of character stuff.</div>
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I just got back from the birthday party. It would appear that the main appeal to my niece is the idea of singing and being a pop star, she wants to be on american idol.
 

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I'm glad I found this. I specifically did a search for HM b/c MY 6yo has recently discovered her. We don't have cable, but some of her friends exposed her and she has been asking for months to watch an HM movie. So when we signed up for netflix I got a DVD of her shows. They weren't offensive or anything, but it is true that it gets them trying to act older. And my 4yo does follow suit. Anyway, we sent it back the next day and haven't gotten another one.<br><br>
A friend of hers DID burn her a CD with 4 HM Songs on it. One turned out to be Avril Levine and I told her she could no longer listen to that. Something about "I Don't Like Your Girlfriend." The others seem OK, though I do think I heard "hurts like hell" on one of them.<br><br>
I am anxious to read this month's article on raising strong girls and how media plays into it. Not sure how HM will play into it. I couldn't watch the episodes b/c I was nursing, so dh did. Anyway, I'd love to hear any more feedback. This fervor caught me by surprise, but perhaps I'm just reluctant to see my baby become a big girl?
 

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My daughter has gone to a Hannah Montana party for a 4-year-old, and bunches of Hannah Montana and High School Musical parties for 5- and 6-year-olds. It seems to be the age the shows are marketed toward.<br><br>
It feels weird to me too because the shows are about teenagers, but I don't think it's a big deal.
 

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I just asked my 6 yo if she knew who Hana Montana is and she said, "No, is it a girl in school? I've heard the name."<br><br>
We don't watch kid's TV and we are not very mainstream with our interests.<br><br>
FTR - Dd is in kindergarten (a private language immersion school) and while I'm sure the girls talk about this Hana character, dd is not really influenced by it.
 

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My 4yr old likes Hannah Montana stuff, doesn't watch the show, though. I've given up on the TV shows and character fight. We just had a Dora the Explorer birthday party and now have a house full of Dora toys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Whatever. I had my own weird interests as a child. I don't think it's a big deal, either.
 

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My 6yo doesn't watch the Hannah Montana show, but she still loves her and would probably like to have a party with that theme. All of her friends at kindergarten have HM lunch boxes, shirts, etc so it's just the cool thing right now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A friend of hers DID burn her a CD with 4 HM Songs on it. One turned out to be Avril Levine and I told her she could no longer listen to that. Something about "I Don't Like Your Girlfriend."</div>
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That song has more inappropriate lines than "I don't like your girlfriend". At one point she says "And Hell yeah, I'm the motherf#$%ing princess." YIKES.<br><br>
As for HM, I am NOT a fan. Again, another Disney star who has hair extensions, too much makeup and an attitude. Recently, she had her own teeth capped to "fix them". Shes 15, her teeth aren't even done shifting!<br><br>
Plus, she has a YT channel and it is beyond obnoxious. Her friend and her even make fun of other Disney stars.<br><br>
Thank GOD DD doesn't like her.
 
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