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Kids' singalong or karaoke systems are "American Idol" without Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest, and Paula Abdul (yes, that's a good thing). There's no guarantee a karaoke machine will land your child on "Star Search," but kids love to sing and need creative expression.
There are many music machines out there, made by everybody from Fisher-Price to Disney to Barbie (all of these are family-friendly with no offensive lyrics).
Music machines come with CDs and DVDs. Of course, there's an As Seen On TV item: Kidz Bop. Kidz Bop is unique because the songs are contemporary favorites sung by other kids—children love to hear and sing along to songs sung by other children.
This might be a PG/Tipper Gore warning: Some of the songs on the Kidz Bop albums are clearly intended for teens, "Oops, I Did It Again," "Livin' La Vida Loca," and the like. However, no need to fret: Kidz Bop makes the lyrics kid-friendly. There seems to be nothing objectionable and no expensive equipment to buy.
* We don't have to tell you to listen to these albums yourself. You can do your parental duty and enjoy these fun, energetic songs…without Simon around to make sarcastic comments!