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Safety Songs For Kids

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Fishbone Fred has put together a CD of songs to teach safety aimed at children who live with good parents in a world of ill intent and impending danger. The album opens with children singing "America the Beautiful," followed by Fred's safety songs in a "young country" musical form. There are songs that encourage children to know their home phone number and address, and to use the buddy system, but fully half of Fred's songs deal with the issues of kidnapping and molestation, going a little overboard with the prevention-through-paranoia approach. It's hard to be convincingly upbeat with singalong lyrics like "Do you know who's a stranger?.. it might be a lady, or a girl with a baby.. a kid with a puppy, a girl with a bunny," or "Don't write your name on anything that anyone can see."

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