How much do parents hate their kids' music? We may have the answer

How much do parents hate their kids’ music? We may have the answer

Parents may be able to pass down their famous gravy recipe, but did they know who Yung Gravy and Sheri Easterling were when they made headlines at the MTV VMAs on Sunday?

A new survey by OnePoll and Kahoot queried 2,000 parents with kids ages 3 to 12 and found that their offspring tend to get excited when their parents take an interest in or show knowledge about something they like, according to 63% of adults.

However, while two in five parents were familiar with the movies “Frozen” (43%) and “Moana” (42%), as well as the infamous “Baby Shark” (40%), only 29% knew of the Cartoon Network show “Steven Universe.” 

In the music department, only 24% of parents were able to correctly identify Fifth Harmony as the girl group shown to them in a picture. The “Work From Home” singers announced an indefinite hiatus in March 2018 but broke the record for most Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards that same year.

Admittedly, 47% of parents revealed they can’t stand their kids’ favorite tunes.

Parents also revealed that 6-to-12-year-olds were more likely to identify Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” than legendary rock band The Rolling Stones (41% vs. 28%).,

The poll found that 47% of parents can’t stand their kids’ favorite music.
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While there may be a pop cultural information gap between generations, 61% of parents said they are eager to learn more about their kids’ hobbies or interests.

“It can be challenging to find things to enjoy for the entire family, especially for parents with kids of various ages, who often have different interests and hobbies,” Sean D’Arcy, vice president of Kahoot! at Home and School, said.

“Game-based learning is a great way for parents and kids to learn something new together while spending quality time as a family,” he added.

Only 29% of polled parents were aware of the TV series "Steven Universe."
Only 29% of polled parents were aware of the TV series “Steven Universe.”
Many kids can identify Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" but don't know about The Rolling Stones.
Many kids can identify Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” but don’t know about The Rolling Stones.

Eighty-three percent of parents said they use trivia to get their kids excited about more serious topics, such as historic events that happened when they were young (41%), music (39%), and nature and animals (39%). 

That, in turn, makes 79% of kids inclined to ask more questions about those topics.

“Our results show quality family screen time could play a key role in helping kids make better choices with content and media on their own, as 62% of parents observed their kids being inspired to consume better content,” D’Arcy added.

“In addition, 55% said their kids are creating content themselves as a result. Actively engaging with kids, such as by playing games together, can help them develop better screen time habits.”


  • “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” – 39%
  • “Wheel of Fortune” – 37%
  • “Family Feud” – 34%
  • “Deal or No Deal” – 34%
  • “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” – 33%
  • “The Price is Right” – 33%
  • “Jeopardy!” – 29%


  • The Beatles
  • George Strait
  • Michael Jackson
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Gospel songs
  • Korn
  • Judas Priest
  • Foo Fighters
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival

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